Direct flights between Cambodia and Nepal are being discussed by the governments, as Nepal is keen to attract tourists from Cambodia to visit the homeland of Buddha.
Cambodia is one of the new flight routes for Nepal Airlines, the country’s national carrier, which is working to get direct flights connected, according to Nepal’s Ministry Civil Aviation.
Talks were going on with representatives of both countries to sign agreements for direct flights, Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, joint secretary of Nepal’s Civil Aviation Minister, was quoted by the Kathmandu Post as saying.
Keo Sivorn, director-general of Cambodia’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, said the proposed direct flights reflected the country’s progress in civil aviation. But he said the body had not received any formal information over direct flights yet.
“Diplomatically, talks may have been conducted between both sides,” Mr Sivorn said.
“So far, we have conducted talks over direct flights between the countries, like we did with Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, but technically no agreement has been reached yet.”
Last week, the Nepali embassy to Cambodia which is based in Bangkok, organised a tourism event in Phnom Penh to promote, in particular, historical tourism sites related to Buddhism in Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, and tourism activities including pilgrimages to Buddhist sites, in Nepal.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, the number of Nepali tourists visiting Cambodia was small in 2016.
Nepal Airlines has regular flights to India, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand.
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