Nepal has a fairly Extensive domestic air network, served by half a dozen domestic airlines and Outfitter Nepal is the reliable ticketing agent of all the domestic airlines in Nepal. In recent days, the air traveling in Nepal is getting more popularity as the road journey is long and exhausting in the mountains and mid hill regions and it is a must in some remote part of Nepal such as Lukla – the Gate way for Everest Base Camp Trek and Jomsom in the Annapurna Region and the road journey is not as comfortable as air traveling, because the road condition of the highways and hilly part of Nepal is poor. In rainy season (July and August) you do not have another option to travel rather than air. You do not have worry on the services in Nepal, as domestic airlines have good serving delivering capacity as of developed countries.
There are several scheduled flights to major domestic airports from Kathmandu, beside scheduled flight, you also can charter flight -- either fixed wing or helicopter for sightseeing and transportation purpose.
Buddha Air: Buddha Air Pvt. Ltd is a privately operated air travel company founded on 23 April 1996 and registered as a private limited company at the Company Registrar Office of the Ministry of Industry, Government of Nepal, under the Company Act, 2021 BS of Nepal.
After 12 years of dedicated non-stop service, more than 100,000 flight hours logged in with over 3 million passengers flown to many destinations with permanent runways in the country, Buddha Air today is the largest domestic air travel operator in Nepal employing more than 500 experienced professionals. The company has the largest fleet of the world’s best aircrafts amongst all domestic airliners in operation with four 18 seat Beechcraft-1900 D, three 47 seat ATR-42 and one 72 seat ATR 72-500 flying out to all the trunk routes with a minimum of 1200 m of permanent runway. It is the company’s policy to place safety at the highest priority.
Buddha Air operates flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Mountain, Chitwan, (Bharatpur), Bhadrapur, Biratnagar, Lumbini ( Bhairahawa), Janakpur, Nepalganj, Simara and Dhangadhi.
Yeti Airlines: Yeti Airlines, the private carrier provides the widest and best network of flights in Nepal. Yeti airline is famous its flight network to the all the remote part of Nepal. Yeti airlines started operating commercial flights in September 1998 and within a short span of time, Yeti airlines has garnered a lot of patronage from passengers and agents alike.
The airline enjoys the best market shares on its flight sectors. Experienced flying crew and maintenance personnel, welcoming cabin crew, efficient and professional ground handling and related services have resulted in the best performance of the airlines. Yeti airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to the major parts of the country. The company was established with the aim to play a role of economic stimulator for the development of rural areas (in particular) and other areas (in general) as well as tourism industry of the country by providing best network of flights in the country of Nepal-with a focus on the rural areas for the primary benefit of the local population directly and through the development of rural tourism in the country..
Tara Air: Tara Air, a subsidiary of Yeti Airlines, offers scheduled and chartered flights using Pilatus Porter – 6, Dronier and Twin Otter aircrafts using STOL and other airports of Nepal. Tara air is popular airlines in Nepal domestic flight sector more over it has flight network to the most remote part of Nepal.
Tara air operates flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, Syangboche, Taplejung, Bharatpur, Lamidanda, Phaplu, Meghauli. It also flights from Pokhara to Meghauli, Bharatpur. It flight from Surkhet to Simikot, Jumla, Dolpa, Rara, Bajura, Bajhang and from Nepalgunj it flights to Simikot, Rara, Dolpa and Jumla.
Sita airlines: Sita Air started a modest domestic operation within Nepal on 6th Februry 2003 with Dornier 228-202K aircraft., Currently Sita Air offers scheduled, charter and cargo Flights throughout Nepal. Sita Air aims to promote tourism and offer safe, efficient and reliable air transportation services in Nepal.
Sita Air Operates 4 German manufactured Dornier 228-202 twin engine Turbo prop aircraft fitted with Garrett TPE-33-10T Engine. It is an 18 seater STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) aircraft, with single window seating, capable of landing in 35 of the 47 airports in Nepal. It is certified for both passenger and cargo operations.
Sita air operates flights to Lukla, Pokhara, Dhangadi, Jomdom, Jamakpur, Biratnagar, Tumlingtar and Simikot.
Nepal Airlines: The aviation history of Nepal started in early 1950's.Initially, neighboring Indian aircraft used to land on a mere cow grazing place called Gaucharan in Kathmandu. There are tales that a pilot waiting to land there had to buzz the airfield several times to shoo the cows off it before landing.
Until 1951, only a few foreigners had penetrated into Nepal. They were mainly British officers of the Gurkha troops, a few stray scholars and friends of the Royal family. Later on, Indian air companies started their operation for business purposes, and connected Nepal with Indian cities. After the establishment of the national flag carrier, the RNA, the route expansion of civil aviation made extensive progress domestically and internationally.
The civil aviation service started in Nepal in 1953 with three old American -made DC-3 Dakotas belonging to an Indian company, After five years, Nepal established her own registered airline, Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation in July 1958 with one DC-3. There were only 96 personnel then. At present around 1600 personnel are working for the corporation. At the beginning, its service was limited to Indian cities like Patna, Calcutta and Delhi in the International Sector and to Simara, Pokhara and Biratnagar in the Domestic Sector. The facilities provided at that time were limited.