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Changsha-Kathmandu Direct Fight Opens

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The Changsha-Kathmandu direct flight opens in Changsha. (Photo provided by Changsha Huanghua International Airport)
A maiden flight  connecting Changsha, capital city of Hunan Province, and Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, was launched on November 20, 2019. It is the first direct and fastest route between central China and Nepal.
The Changsha-Kathmandu direct flight is operated every Wednesday by Himalayan Airlines using Airbus A320. The flight H9988 takes off from Changsha at 18:00, and arrives in Kathmandu at 21:00; and, takes off from Kathmandu at 10:45, and arrives in Changsha at 17:00.
Tourists wait to board the direct flight from Changsha to Kathmandu. (Photo provided by Changsha Huanghua International Airport)
Tourist passengers took all of the 155 seats on the maiden flight. Tourists from Changsha to Nepal had to transfer at Guangzhou or Kunming in the past, which took 10 to 16 hours in total. Now it takes only 4 hours to go directly to Kathmandu, to appreciate snow mountains, visit historical sites, experience extreme sports, and make pilgrimage.
Nepal is an important country along the “Belt and Road” route and an important economic center and tourist destination in South Asia. It has beautiful natural scenery and splendid history and culture. There are eight peaks of more than 8,000 meters in height. From Qomolangma, known as Mount Everest in the West and the highest altitude of the world, to the southern plain of 100 meters above sea level, it has the largest altitude span in the world. 
The opening of direct flights from Changsha to Kathmandu will greatly facilitate travels from Hunan and neighboring provinces and cities, and effectively promote the construction of a three-dimensional traffic connectivity between China and Nepal.
This article is from Hunan Provincial Government
Translator: Yu Jiangjiang
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