Dhaka: Himalaya Airlines resumed direct scheduled flights from Kathmandu to Beijing in mid-January. The airline’s inaugural flight from Kathmandu to Beijing restarted just a week after China ended travel restrictions on January 8, 2023.
The new service could also gain package tour traffic following China’s decision to reopen the door for outbound tour groups starting February 6.
Himalaya Airlines will be operating a weekly service every Saturday to Beijing Daxing International Airport from February 11, 2023, following the January 17 official inaugural flight.
H9 665 will depart from Tribhuvan International Airport at 1041 (local time) and arrive at Beijing Daxing International Airport at 1704 (local time).
The return flight H9 666, will depart from Beijing at 1805 (local time) and arrive in Kathmandu at 2156 (local time). The flight time is three hours and 48 minutes.
Himalaya Airlines is also the first Nepal-based airline to connect Nepal with Northern China via Lhasa with direct flights. The Trans-Himalayan route reduces the flight time by nearly one hour each way.