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Nepal to Double Flights to China, Tibet - 2003-08-26

Beijing has agreed to let Nepal’s state carrier double its flights to China to 14 a week and begin service to Tibet. Nepal hopes the agreement will expand the number of tourists using it as a conduit to Tibet, including holy sites in Tibet visited by thousands of Hindu pilgrims. Royal Nepal Airlines was earlier allowed only seven flights a week to China and solely to Shanghai. But the carrier only regularly operated two flights weekly to China’s largest city. Chinese airlines operate four flights a week to Kathmandu in high season, usually via Tibet’s capital Lhasa. The two countries also discussing opening two or more land crossings between the kingdom and Tibet and whether to allow Nepalese helicopters to move freely over the border.