Turkish Airlines and Kathmandu airport staff celebrate the landmark launch of the 5,312-kilometre connection between Nepal and Europe when Turkish Airlines inaugurated its new four-weekly service between Istanbul Atatürk and Kathmandu on 1 September.
- Turkish Airlines has made an adventurous move, connecting Nepal to Europe when it added a non-stop, 5,312-kilometre route between Istanbul Atatürk (IST) and Kathmandu (KTM) on 1 September, using its A330-200s. The new link is scheduled four times weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday outbound, and Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Nepal) and has no competition. The new route is the Turkish flag carrier’s 222nd destination served from its main base at Istanbul Atatürk. Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, who is the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, spoke before the launch and said: “The Istanbul connection is an important landmark for the country’s tourism at a time when Nepal’s national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines, has been unable to connect Europe”.