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About Himalaya Airlines

Himalaya Airlines is an international Nepalese airline based at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Himalaya Airlines provides scheduled flights to 5 destinations in China, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The airline was established in 2014 as a joint venture between Nepal and China. The airline began operations using one aircraft and by operating one route, but this quickly expanded to three aircraft and five destinations. Himalaya Airlines was the first and remains the only airline that connects Nepal to Saudi Arabia.

As of 2019, the airline is focusing on building its connectivity with China. Flights to Beijing will begin on 27 October 2019, to be followed by flights to Changsha, Nanchang, Guiyang, and Chongqing.

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Baggage Allowance

Checked Baggage

All passengers are entitled to carry some baggage free of charge. But please note that baggage allowances varies, and is based on a number of factors including route, fare class, departure airport, arrival airport and flight length. Passengers are advised to check their ticket/booking to confirm the applicable free baggage allowance and excess baggage charges.

In most instances, the free checked baggage allowance will be as follows:

Premium: 40 Kgs (25 Kgs on the Kathmandu/Dhaka route)

Economy: 30 Kgs (20 Kgs on the Kathmandu/Dhaka route)

Carry-On Baggage

Passenger may carry one item of cabin luggage. Cabin luggage shouldn’t exceed 7kg. The overall dimension of the baggage should not exceed 55 x 35 x 25 cm or 21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9 inches.



Check-In Information

Check-in at the Airport

Check-in deadlines are different at every airport. The airline recommends that passengers inform themselves out these Check-in deadlines and ensure they have plenty of time.

Check-in Online

Online check-in is not currently available. More information about check-in can be found on our check-in guide here.


Cabin Classes

The airline's cabin offers between 128 and 150 Economy Seats and 8 Premium seats. In both cabins, passengers can enjoy a bright, modern, and clean interior, with comfortable reclinable seats with soft LED lighting.


Economy Class

Economy Facilities

In Economy Class, you can enjoy a choice of hot meals with complimentary hot and cold beverages. Food options will depend on destination. Please note that no alcoholic beverages are served or permitted on any flights.

You can also stay entertained onboard with Himalaya Airline's overhead screens featuring entertainment. There are 18 overhead screens throughout the Economy cabin.

There is also an in-flight magazine, called Danfe, to enjoy. All the major Nepali newspapers (both English & Nepali language) are available on board. 

What are Economy Seats Like?

Enjoy spacious seating with the ability to recline up to 3-inch. The seats are 17.5 inches (440 mm) wide with 30 inches (760 mm) seat pitch.


Premium Economy Class

Premium Economy Facilities

A wide range of food and drinks are available onboard. Enjoy a hot meal, with appetizer and soft bread roll. Food options will depend on destination. Please note that no alcoholic beverages are served or permitted on any flights.

There are two overhead TV screens serving the 8 Premium Economy seats, offering non-stop entertainment, from the latest blockbusters to TV shows and documentaries.

There is also an in-flight magazine, called Danfe, to enjoy. All the major Nepali newspapers (both English & Nepali language) are available on board.

All seats are built-in with a USB port.

What are Premium Economy Seats Like?

Enjoy comfortable seating with the ability to recline up to 7 inches. The seats are 26.9 inches (680 mm) wide with 43 inches (1,100 mm) seat pitch. 



Himalaya Air has plans to add two A319 in its fleet in the near future. As of October 2019, the airline operates a fleet of the following aircraft:


THREE (3) Airbus A319-100 158 (150 x Economy and 8 x Premium)
ONE (1) Airbus A320-200 128 (120 x Economy and 8 x Premium)




International Destinations

The airline is an international carrier, flying to the following countries:


Kuala Lumpur International Airport,
Kuala Lumpur,
King Fahd International Airport,
Saudi Arabia
Hamad International Airport,
Dubai International Airport,
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi International Airport,
Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates
Tribhuvan International Airport,
Shahjalal International Airport,
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (seasonal only),


New routes to China

Beijing Daxing International Airport, Beijing, begins 27 October 2019

Changsha Huanghua International Airport, Changsha, begins 13 November 2019

Nanchang Changbei International Airport, Nanchang, begins 14 November 2019


Hub Airport

Tribhuvan International Airport

Tribhuvan International Airport is an international airport based in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is the primary international airport in Nepal - if your're flying to Nepal, it's likely that you'll land at Tribhuvan (KTM). It is located in the Kathmandu Valley, about 3.1 miles from the city center of Kathmandu. The airport has one domestic and one international terminal. At present, over 30 international airlines connect Nepal to destinations in Asia and the Middle East, and the airport serves as a hub for a number of Nepalese airlines, including Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Yeti Airlines, and Shree Airlines, amongst others.

Other airlines that fly to the airport include: Air India, Air China, Air Arabia, Cathay Dragon, China Eastern, and many more.

Aerial shot of Tribhuvan Airport, showing the runways and mountains in the background


Airline Alliance

Himalaya Airlines is not a member of an Airline Alliance.


Frequent Flyer Program

Himalaya Airlines does not offer a frequent flyer program.


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230th September 2019

Himalaya Airlines aims to commence services to multiple destinations in China

Himalaya Airlines has reported that it aims to commence services to multiple destinations in mainland China following the launch of Kathmandu-Beijing Daxing service on 27-Oct-2019. These destinations include Lhasa, Shenzhen, Nanchang, Changsha, Guiyang and Chongqing.


29th July 2019

New Route to Dhakar

Himalaya Airlines commenced direct operations between its Kathmandu (KTM) hub and Dhaka (DAC). The flight will operate three times weekly, using the carrier's 158-seat A320 fleet.