Korean heads for Kathmandu

14th Nov 2006

Korean Air has inaugurated a weekly flight to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.Using a Boeing 777-200 aircraft seating up to 301 passengers, the flight KE695 departs Incheon International Airport in Seoul every Monday at 10:20am, arriving Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at 2:30pm. Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal, situated about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from the city center in the Kathmandu valley. The return flight KE696 leaves Kathmandu at 4pm, arriving at Incheon at 12:55am the next day.

Korean Air plans to expand the service to 2 to 3 flights a week in spring.

Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city of Nepal, a landlocked Himalayan country in southwest Asia, sharing its border with China (Tibet) and India. Nepal is home to rich culture stemming from its long history and mixed religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. Kathmandu is where most of the embassies, businesses, and the King’s Palace are located. The “old” city is famous for its many Buddhist and Hindu temples and palaces, most dating back to the 17th century. The Kathmandu valley houses the “UNESCO World Heritage Sites” comprised of seven different Monument Zones.

Kathmandu has been popular with western tourists since the 1960s when it became a key stop on the hippie trail. The magnificent Himalayan mountains of Nepal now draw challenging mountaineers from around the world. The new service will also bring Tibet closer to travellers.

Korean Air will also launch public charter flights to two popular destinations in Cambodia, providing more choices for travelers to southern Asia. Flights to Phnom Penh, the capital city are being inaugurated today, November 14th, and to Siem Reap (Angkor Watt) on the 15th.



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