The Nepal government has planned to resume domestic as well as international flight operations from August.

The government planned to lift the ongoing suspension on flights as the Himalayan country has witnessed a drop in new COVID-19 cases.

“The Ministry on Thursday decided to recommend COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre for lifting the suspension of domestic flights from August 5 and international flights from August 17,” Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, told Xinhua.

The COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwar Pokharel was formed to coordinate efforts against the pandemic.

Based on the recommendation of this centre, the cabinet will decide whether to lift the suspension order.

Both domestic and international flights have remained suspended in Nepal since March 22, except chartered flights for humanitarian purpose or delivery of medical goods.

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