April 18, Kathmandu: The national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (Nepal Airlines) will start direct flights to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 22, 2022.

The A330 aircraft will make its inaugural flight to Riyadh, the corporation said. Executive Chairman Yuvraj Adhikari informed that direct flights will be started to Riyadh.

“It is a matter of great pride for the corporation that it is going to operate flights to Riyadh from April 22. After a long effort, the corporation has been allowed to fly to various destinations in Saudi Arabia. Initially, it plans to expand to Riyadh and other destinations,” he said.

The corporation was recently granted permission to fly to Riyadh, Dammam, and Jeddah. The General Authority of Civil Aviation of the Riyadh-based Civil Aviation Office authorized two-way flights to the three cities of Jeddah, Dammam, and Riyadh.

In the first phase, the corporation will operate Kathmandu-Riyadh-Kathmandu flights twice a week from April 22.

Employees, including the corporation’s executive chairman, arrived in Saudi Arabia in the third week of March to begin the flight permit process.

The schedule published by Nepal Airlines: