Kathmandu's ancient temples and stately mountains beyond has long attracted travelers to this part of the world. While some make their way into landlocked Kathmandu by car, it is the advent of international air travel that has opened up the city to curious travellers and pilgrims the world over.
Interestingly enough, the first international airline to fly into Kathmandu was Thai Airways. The historic flight was made in 1968, and 48 years on, the Thai carrier continues to show its unwavering support for the capital city of Nepal. When the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April last year, other airlines were quick to cut flights into Kathmandu. Thai Airways, however, continued to fly between Bangkok and Kathmandu.
This month, as the Thai carrier celebrated its 56th anniversary on 1 May, they forged yet another bond to Nepal by flying up the Buro 24/7 Singapore team to Kathmandu for a very special charity project benefitting children under the care of Nepali NGO Children & Youth First. As our plane descended into Kathmandu, a faint outline of Mount Everest came into view, and it wasn't difficult to imagine that this was the very same view passengers saw 48 years ago as they flew in on the very first international airline to touchdown in Kathmandu.
Thai Airways flys from Singapore to Kathmandu daily. To book your flight with Thai Airways, click here.