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Buddha Air is a privately-owned Nepalese regional airline based in Kathmandu. The carrier, which is the largest domestic airline in Nepal, operates scheduled domestic service from its main base at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport.
Location of Buddha Air main hub (Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport)
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Nepalese start-up BB Airways aims to pursue significant expansion of its international network following a restructuring which will see the carrier replace a wet-leased Boeing 757 with two dry-leased Airbus A320s. The carrier, which launched services in Sep-2012, has had a relatively slow initial seven months but has an ambitious plan to exploit the expected rapid growth of the Nepalese international market with a focus on migrant worker traffic.
Nepal is a small but underserved market with huge potential. Foreign carriers dominate the market, exploiting the weakness of flag carrier Nepal Airlines, which recently committed to renewing its small fleet in 2015 but is unlikely to grow significantly. If it succeeds at rapidly expanding and overcoming initial challenges, BB could soon become Nepal’s largest carrier.
Nepal, dominated by regional carriers due to its mountainous geography and dispersed, is progressively enhancing its international connectivity amid continued tourism growth in the picturesque country. However, despite the rise in visitor numbers, tourism revenues, an important part of the nation’s economy, are not rising to a similar extent and the nation’s poorly performing carriers are facing a rising threat from larger rivals across the border in India.
Nepal, dominated by regional carriers due to its population spread across mountainous regions, is progressively enhancing its international connectivity, although its carriers face a rising threat from larger rivals across the border in India. This report provides the latest strategic updates at Nepal’s expanding airlines, Nepal Airlines, Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines and Tara Air.