Budget airlines flying high at Kathmandu

Air travellers swarmed around low-cost airlines confirming that ticket prices rule the skies. During the period January-September 2013, passenger mov-ement on budget carriers soared 43.10 percent year on year.

According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), low-cost airlines transported 671,086 travellers in the first nine mon-ths of last year. They accounted for 29.78 percent of the 2.25 million travellers who passed throu-gh the airport.

TIA is served by six budget carriers—Air Arabia, Fly Dubai, Spice Jet, Air Asia, Indigo and RAK Airways. Dubai-based Fly Dubai saw the highest passenger movement. It flew 171,403 passengers during the review period, up 93.69 percent from the previous year.  Malaysian-based Air Asia, which launched Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur flights on July 2012, transported 91,648 passengers during the January-September period.

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