Oriental Thai Airlines, Etihad, Silk Air to enter Nepal's aviation market

Oriental Thai Airlines, the UAE domestic carrier Etihad, and Singapore Airlines' subsidiary Silk Air are entering Nepal`s aviation sector, attracted by the tourism boom in the fledgling republic's tourism sector.

The Himalayan nation's tourism industry is showing signs of revival after the decade-long Maoist insurgency came to an end through a peaceful transformation.

While Oriental Thai Airlines is preparing to launch flights between Kathmandu and Bangkok from next week. Etihad and Silk Air are planning to start flights from October, Nepalese officials say.

Out of 14 global airlines operating between Kathmandu and other international cities, five are planning to increase flight frequency in the near future.

Nepal airlines, the national flag carrier of Nepal, is also resuming its flights after a 10-day flight stoppage, as its jets have been undergoing engineering checks and maintenance.