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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.
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.
Yashodhara Air only has 1 cabin class - Economy class.
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.
Yashodhara Air passengers must check in at the airport since the airline doesn't offer online check in.
Online check-in is not currently available.
Airport check-in will close one hour before departure time. When you arrive at the airport, proceed to the designated airline check-in area with your ticket, baggage and valid ID.
Here at Alternative Airlines, we recommend passengers to arrive at the airport two hours before the scheduled departure time.
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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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.
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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.