Yashodhara Air is a new Nepalese startup airline. It’s being established by Buddha Air, and will serve short takeoff and landing (STOL) services to remote airfields in Nepal.
Yashodhara Air will operate from two bases: Ramechhap Airport and Pokhara Airport.
Update: Yashodhara Air is scheduled to begin operations in 2022. In the meantime, you can take a look at our list of alternative airlines below, to discover carriers that operate similar routes.
Buddha Air is a Nepalese airline. It operates domestic and international services within Nepal and India. It’s focus is mainly on serving larger towns and cities in Nepal. It was in 2020 that Buddha Air first announced plans to enter the rural aviation market in Nepal, to serve more remote communities despite the challenge of tough terrain.
Yashodhara Air will operate flights to more remote domestic destinations within Nepal. It will operate from two bases: Ramechhap Airport and Pokhara Airport. The airline will focus on serving the Everest region (from Ramechhap Airport) and Annapura mountains region, including Jomsom, Rara, Simkot and Nepalgunj (from Pokhara Airport).
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The airline has yet to announce what the baggage allowance will be for passengers, including whether the allowance will be the same as Buddha Air.
Due to the limited number of seats available in STOL aircraft, it is likely that the airline will only offer one class of service: Economy. However, the airline has already announced that ticket fares will be introduced. Although the onboard service will be the same, tiered ticket fares offer different levels of flexibility when it comes to whether the ticket can be cancelled or the date changed, etc.
Although yet to be confirmed, possible aircraft include the Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter, Let L-410 and Cessna 408. The aircraft are optimal for STOL flights.
Ramechhap Airport (IATA: RHP) is a small domestic airport serving the municipality of Manthal, in the Bagmati Province of Nepal, 130km southeast of Kathmandu. The airport is owned by the government of Nepal and operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Sita Air and Tara Air operate charter flights from the airport.
Pokhara Airport (IATA: PKR) is a domestic airport serving the city of Pokhara in Nepal. Other airlines to operate scheduled passenger flights to/from the airport include: Nepal Airlines, Tara Air, Yeti Airlines, Summit Air and Sita Air.
The following airlines operate domestic flights within Nepal: Nepal Airlines, Tara Air, Yeti Airlines, Summit Air and Sita Air. Take a look at our guide to domestic flights within Nepal to find out more.
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STOL stands for ‘Short Take Off and Landing’ and it refers to the length of the runway or airstrip (or water) required for aircraft take-offs and landings. STOL aircraft are capable of departing or arriving even when the length of the runway is limited. Due to the difficulty of the terrain and landscape in Nepal, STOL aircraft are required to operate on many routes between more remote locations.
The new airline is named after Yashodhara, the wife of Siddhattha Gotama. Gotama was a spiritual leader who lived in ancient India and is credited with founding the Buddhist religion.
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