Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in the month of June 2012 stood at 43,238, a rise by 16.2 percent as compared to arrival figures in the same month last year, as per the data released by TIA, Kathmandu. While arrivals from South Asian countries registered a modest growth of 12.2 percent, arrivals from other Asian countries recorded a massive increase by 45.8 percent in aggregate. Arrivals from China rose to 61 percent compared to the same month last year, while arrivals from Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand also registered a positive growth of 26.9 percent, 56.3 percent, 63.6 percent and 67.1 percent respectively. Arrivals from the European market registered a positive growth of 3.7 percent. Tourist arrivals from Australia, Canada and USA also showed an increase of 3.7 percent, 73.4 percent and 12.4 percent respectively. From January to June 2012 tourist arrivals via air to Nepal registered an increase by 19.8 percent to 294,019 as compared to the same period last year.
Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air continued to soar with May arrival figures showing an increase of 9.3 percent to 42,820 as compared to the same month last year. The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) shows a robust growth in arrivals from Asia – India with 16.1 percent, China 10.2 percent, Japan 26.8 percent and Malaysia 31 percent. The European markets show a positive growth of 8.3 percent with arrivals from UK, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Russia and Czech Republic up by 9.2 percent, 17.9 percent, 11.2 percent, 8.5 percent, 5.1 percent, 104.1 percent, 24.8 percent and 41.2 percent, respectively. Arrivals from Australia and USA have also increased by 9 percent and 12.3 percent. From January to May 2012, tourist arrivals to Nepal via air have risen by 20.5 percent to 250,781.
Visitor arrivals via air soared to 59,415 in the month of April 2012, an increase by 14.3 percent as compared to the same month last year, as per the data released by the Immigration Office at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). While arrivals from South Asian region have shown positive growth of 35.4 percent, arrivals from the rest of Asia saw an overall rise of 16.7 percent. European market registered a positive growth of 3.2 percent compared to the same month last year with total visitor arrivals of 19,286. Arrivals from Denmark, Germany, Italy, Russia and Sweden were up by 4.9 percent, 5.5 percent, 115.8 percent, 83.1 percent and 4.7 percent respectively. Arrivals from Australia (4.7 percent), USA(9.8 percent) and Canada(39.1 percent) also registered positive growth.
Buddha Air,a private Nepalese airline company, brought into operation its own hangar (wide structure used for housing airplanes or airships ) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) fromApril 18th, 2012. The almost 37,000 square feet hanger, which was set up at a cost of $ 2.5 million, is the largest in the country. The closed door hangar has a capacity to accommodate an Airbus 320 or a Boeing 737 on its 15,500 square feet ground floor. It features workshop facilities for a range of services like nozzle cleaning lab and wheel/brake workshop with adequate special tools and equipment. .Buddha Air has built the hangar on leased land in TIA for which it will have to pay Rs 6.5 million to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) on annual basis. The private airline is also planning to add a new 72-seater aircraft to its fleet.
The advent of Spring has brought in a surge of foreign visitor visitors in nepal. According to latest figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) tourist arrivals via air have increased by 13.7 percent to 42,716 in the month of February 2012 as compared to the same month last year. South Asian segment has registered a positive growth of 20.4 percent with India, a major market for Nepal, recording a positive growth of 28.8 percent. Visitor arrivals from Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand also increased by 33.2 percent, 19.8 percent 31.5 percent and 7.9 percent respectively. European markets posted a positive growth of 17.5 percent with arrivals from UK, France, Germany, Italy Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia up by 9.8 percent, 8.8 percent, 3.0 percent, 31.2 percent, 87.9 percent,42.4 percent, 34.3 percent, 35 percent and 6.8 percent respectively. Arrivals from Australia and USA also showed an increase of 18.5 percent and 10.4 percent respectively.