KATHMANDU: Nepal and Cambodia are scheduled to sign a bilateral air services agreement (ASA) on November 30 to boost connectivity between two countries. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said that the ASA would be signed during the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen visit to Nepal.
Suresh Acharya, joint secretary at the ministry, said that preparations are underway to sign the ASA.
So far, Nepal has signed air services agreements with 38 countries.
The ASA is expected to facilitate movement of pilgrims from Cambodia, a Buddhist nation, to Lumbini – birthplace of Buddha.
“This agreement will help bring in more tourists from Cambodia, increase our capacity and enhance healthy competition, and help in meeting our objective of bringing in 2 million tourists by 2020,” said Acharya.
With expectations that the Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa will begin operations by 2019, there are more foreign airline companies that are willing to fly to Nepal at present.
Recently, Nepal and Thailand had signed a revised ASA boosting the number of weekly flights frequency from 10 to 28.