Himalaya Airlines conducts its first Humanitarian Flight to Kabul

17, Jan 2022 | nepaltraveller.com

The flight carried humanitarian relief materials to Kabul on January 16 upon the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal

Himalaya Airlines flew its first humanitarian flight to Kabul, Afghanistan on January 16. Taking its CSR one step further, Himalaya Airlines carried 9.7 tons (9715 kg) of relief materials upon the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal. A major contribution to the noble cause, the operation of this flight was taken upon by Himalaya Airlines free of cost, amounting to Rs 1.25 crores (USD 106,850.00).

The Airbus 319-115, 9N AJK took off from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) early morning at 9:17 am with the humanitarian aid of essential medicines, clothing, shoes, blankets, cutlery etcetera. The 15-member delegation onboard included officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of business organizations and media houses and Honorary Counsels.

Prior to the take-off, a Press Meet was conducted at the airport and hosted media personnel, dignitaries and officials from the airways. Dr. Narayan Khadka, the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, addressed the media to brief about the Humanitarian Mission, “Extending helping hand to the people of Afghanistan during the humanitarian crisis, by way of relief support supplies is the moral responsibility of Nepal. We hope this special mission helps to build the image of Nepal.”  

Before the departure, Mr. Zhou Enyong, President of Himalaya Airlines, mentioned that it was a great honor to be asked by the Government of Nepal to operate this charity flight for humanitarian support to the people of Afghanistan. Mr. Vijay Shrestha, Vice President, Himalaya Airlines stated “We are glad to stand by the people irrespective of borders and boundaries and would stand by the Government of Nepal for extending possible assistance in such humanitarian missions.”  

The aircraft touched down at Kabul International Airport at 11:08 am (local time). The relief materials are to be handed over to officials of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) at the United Nations lounge located at the Kabul International Airport. The aircraft then would turn around by 2:45 pm (local time) and land at TIA at 5:12 pm on January 16.


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