Shree Airlines to operate international chartered flights


The civil aviation regulator has allowed Shree Airlines to operate international chartered flights of up to three hours, enabling the private airline company to fly to destinations such as India and Bangladesh.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) this week allowed Shree Airlines to use three of its four aircraft — two 50-seater CRJ-200s and a 70-seater CRJ-700 — to conduct short-haul international chartered flights.

“This permission will enable the airline to operate chartered flights to neighbouring India and Bangladesh,” said CAAN Deputy Director General Rajan Pokharel. “The CAAN is also considering on allowing the airline company to operate international scheduled flights.”

Shree Airlines has already submitted documents to the CAAN seeking permission to operate international scheduled flights. “We are going through those documents and will issue a license soon,” said Pokharel. The airline company has sought a ‘Class C’ licence, which allows it to operate international flights of up to three hours.

Anil Manandhar, corporate director of Shree Airlines, said that the company has laid the groundwork to commence international operation. “We can begin international scheduled flights as soon as we get the clearance from the CAAN and international destinations we will be flying to,” said Manandhar.

Shree Airlines, which began its operation in 2002 as a helicopter service provider, launched fixed-wing air operations in August 2017. Since then it has been operating domestic scheduled flights.

Earlier, Buddha Air, which was also conducting domestic scheduled flights, had obtained permission to operate scheduled short-haul international flights.

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