Privately owned Nepalese carrier Cosmic Air is planning to add services in July to the Indian cities of Varanasi and Kolkata now that it has taken delivery of a fourth Fokker 100.

Cosmic Air's Fokker 100s are all leased from Debis AirFinance, says Lawrence Liew, the carrier's general manager of marketing, in Kathmandu.

The fourth Fokker 100, which arrived in Nepal on 27 May, will be used to launch thrice-weekly services linking Kathmandu with Varanasi and Kolkata in the middle of July, says Liew.


He also says the carrier wants two of the Kolkata flights to go on to Myanmar's capital Yangon and the traffic rights are already available under the air services agreements between the respective countries.

Other new destinations earmarked include Lucknow, Mumbai and Bangalore in India as well as Bangkok in Thailand, but Cosmic Air has yet to set a timeframe.

"We are still looking at Bangkok. Lucknow has been given to us but we have not looked at it seriously because there's not much demand," says Liew.

"Mumbai is more holiday kind of traffic whereas Kolkata is more feasible because there is some business traffic there and Kolkata people like to come to Nepal's six casinos."

Source: Flight Daily News