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by Saagar

Most travellers tick off Thai Airways for this sector, and I fully agree. There is a new airline that has popped up, Air Nepal International - don't travel with them. Their advertised prices are dirt cheap, but the last I heard was that they are no longer flying according to their route plans. They have one - 1 - plane. Likewise, Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation (RNAC = Royal Nepal Always Cancels) is best avoidable. Last time I tried them from BKK their plane was missing near Singapore, so I quickly changed to another airline... Last time I saw their desk at the BKK terminal its KTM flight was announced to be 22 hrs late....
There are rumors that Cosmic Air will start flying their Fokker 70ies KTM-BKK, too, but wait and see if it works first...
For adventure, the Biman route is good for two things apart from the price. They serve the best curry in the air, and Dhaka is an interesting city if you are a hardy soul... Do go with a visa. Another interesting trip is by Druk Air via Thimpu. Don't know the price and doubt they have a functioning internet booking, but why not throw in a stint in Bhutan?
But from BKK to KTM straight? Thai Airways TG 319 10:30 every morning, no nonsense. Cheapest it isn't, but they will also bail you out of Nepal every day if other airlines via Delhi or the Gulf are stuck, on strike, cancelled or too scered to fly... Opportunistic Thai Airways will send in bigger and more aircraft if there is a chance to make a buck at the expense of other airlines.

Update April 2010:
Cosmic Air and Air Nepal International are both bust. RNAC is renamed Nepal Airlines (republic, now, not royal anylonger!). Nepal Airlines still does not pose real competition to Thai despite Thai's stiff pricing on this near-monopoly route. Instead Thai puts in extra flights in the high season.

Mode: TO
Type: Airplane
Website: http://www.thaiairways.com

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  • Updated Apr 3, 2010
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