KATHMANDU: Nepal Airlines has announced the launch of Japan flight from February. On Monday, visiting delegation from Japan’s Kansai International Airport, Osaka, welcomed the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) plan to resume flights on the airport. The delegation has assured full cooperation to make things happen.

A three-member team of Kansai International Airport, led by Representative Director Co-CEO Emmanuel Menanteau, met NAC’s Executive Chairman Madan Kharel on Monday and discussed the flight resumption plan.

The visiting team informed the NAC that Kansai was an important airport stating that the NAC would yield productive results once it begins flights.

NAC launched its services in Japan in 1994, flying to Osaka via Shanghai, China. In 2007, it was forced to suspend the route due to lack of aircraft. The national flag carrier plans to resume its Japan service after a 10-year break with three weekly flights to Tokyo.

On June 18, Nepal and Japan revised the ASA, increasing the number of flights seven-fold from twice weekly to 14 weekly flights with any type of aircraft on a reciprocal basis.

The number of travelers from Nepal to Japan has been growing significantly in the last few years. The country received 27,326 Japanese tourists last year.