Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), the country’s flag carrier, will fly Indian nationals currently stranded in Nepal to Saudi Arabia.
On the advice of the Indian Embassy, the NAC has scheduled seven flights to Saudi Arabia, aimed at Indian people who arrived here en route to the Middle East’s largest country, where the Indian government has agreed to suspend international flights in order to combat the spread of second-wave Covid-19.
They have been stranded in Nepal since May 6, when international flights from Nepal were also suspended.
The Nepalese Civil Aviation Authority (CAAN) has approved the operation of ten flights to transport Indians to their destinations. NAC and Himalaya Airlines will share seven and three flights, respectively.
Seven flights have been arranged for those Indians desperate to visit Saudi Arabia, according to NAC Spokesperson Karishma Shrestha, and the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu is coordinating the effort.
The NAC had previously received instructions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this regard. Riyadh is served by five flights, while Dammam is served by two.
The NAC was assigned to make seven flights for Saudi Arabia, according to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Civil Aviation, because of its outstanding success during the Covid-19 crisis.
When the country is fighting the second wave of Covid-19, the NAC also operates cargo flights to transport most important supplies, including medical supplies from many countries.
Empty oxygen tubes, oxygen concentrators, anti-Covid vaccines, and other important medical supplies have already been imported from China and India.
Furthermore, on May 15, it arrived from Oman with 335 oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, and other necessary supplies.