Sita Air started a modest domestic operation within Nepal on 6th Februry 2003 with Dornier 228-202K aircraft, Currently Sita Air offers scheduled, charter and cargo Flights throughout Nepal. Sita Air aims to promote tourism and offer safe, efficient and reliable air transportation services.
SITA is owned by members of the air transport industry, who comprise the SITA Board. The company has the remit of serving the aviation community’s interests, working with the air transport community, for the benefit of the community.
This includes cooperation with industry bodies, such as IATA, to solve common industry issues through the use of IT and telecommunication services, through development of community systems, industry standards and shared infrastructures for aviation. SITA also produces a number of industry surveys on Airport, Airline, Passenger, and Security IT Trends, and works jointly with IATA on industry’s Baggage Report.
The promoters of Sita Air consists of aviation and management professionals with a with a huge knowledge of air travel and a proven experience and expertise in running successful airline businesses. In addition to its founder, Capt. Phizo Nath Nepali the company has assembled a management team rich in experienced and with a proven track record in the airline Industry.
SITA, originally known as the Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques, was founded in February 1949 by 11 airlines in order to bring about shared infrastructure cost efficiencies by combining their communications networks. The 11 original airlines were: Air France, KLM, Sabena, Swissair, TWA, British European Airways Corporation (BEAC), British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), British South American Airways (BSAA), Swedish A. G. Aero transport, Danish Det Danske Luftfartselskab A/S, and Noweigan Det Norske Luftfartselskap. SITA was the first company to handle data traffic in real time via a packet switched network over common carrier leased lines.
Sita Air, the vital Airlink
Aviation in Nepal has a brave and pioneering heritage, and Sita Air is proud to maintain a pioneering spirit that has set the pattern for the airline’s reputation. From modest beginnings of Sita Air has developed into domestic airline with a comprehensive network of scheduled services, and most reliable airlines in Nepal. It is the continued support and enthusiasm of the people we serve which has given us the strength to expand, and which is the foundation of our success.
The early years
Sita Air began operation in 2003 with single aircraft. Almost immediately, it was apparent that there was a demand for scheduled services & cargo flights and as such Sita Air’s fleet grew. As the network expanded to take in more remote Airports and communities, Sita Air’s scheduled network began to emerge.
In 2004 Sita Air started flight to various sectors such as Janakpur, Simra, Biratnagar, Bharatpur, Bhairawa & Nepalgunj, but gradually we focused more on Western area region of Nepal due to huge demand of STOL aircraft in that region & passenger flow.
Coast to coast and beyond
Apart from Lukla, The Shurkhet has become the focus of expansion, as the stage now set for the next major step forward – a hub of business routes is from Shurkhet/Nepalgunj out of core business platform. We are also planning to add few brand new single engine aircraft to support the flight operating from Nepalgunj & Surkhet for charter & cargo flights.
Getting down to business
Firmly established as Nepal’s Airline, new horizons were sought, and in 2005 Sita Air took over Surkhet – Bajura, Surkhet-Jumla, Surkhet- Simikot route for food grain cargo of Nepal Food corp. and World food program under United Nation. The new routes are added since 2007 is Pokhara-Kathmandu and Pokhara – Jomsom, Served all most throughout the year.
With business traffic representing an ever-increasing proportion of Sita Air’s annual passenger carryings & Cargo flights, Sita Air acquired further aircraft very recently and is in operation now, We are riding a wave of success and optimism so time has come for Sita Air to enter into the Cross border & international market.
From these small beginnings, and under the control of Sita Air's loyal management and dedicated staffs, the company has seen the fleet grow with the introduction of the 5th aircraft and from a steady and watchful eye on new opportunities.
We are in the process of obtaining the license from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal for international operations/ cross boarder operations and we would like to welcome foreign Investment in this journey to international market segment.
Sita Air operates 4 Dornier Fairchild manufactured DO 228-202/-202K/-212 twin engine Turbo prop aircraft fitted with Garrett TPE331-10T/-5A Engine.
It is a 18 seater STOL ( Short Takeoff and Landing ) aircraft, with single window seating, capable of landing in 35 of the 47 airfields of the country with the speed of 200 Nautical Miles/Hour. Periodically, we carry out scheduled inspection and other structural maintenance as prescribed by the manufacturers. These aircraft except one have higher power rated engine (flat-rated to 715 SHP) as compared to other Dornier flying in Nepal. These aircraft are certified for both passenger and cargo operations.
The -10T engine have a higher horse power with 900 SHP flat rated to 715 SHP which is ideal for operation in Hot and High places similar to the conditions in Nepal. The engine is more reliable, has increased maintenance intervals and has reduced hot section cost giving increased aircraft value.
Our aircraft is fitted with EGPWS (Enhance Ground Proximity Warning System) which denotes proximately of the aircraft with the terrain, GPS (Global Positioning System) giving the position of the aircraft, ELT(Emergency Locater Transmitter) to give the location of the aircraft by satellite in case of any accident/incident, TCAS II (Traffic Collision Avoidance System-II) to guide the pilot from midair collision with other aircraft and WEATHER RADAR which shows the enroute weather.
Operational safety and technical superiority are the major reasons for the selection of the Dornier Aircraft by Sita Air for STOL operation in Nepal.
Charter and Cargo Service
We offer Charter services to all destinations of Sita Air including the following Charter Locations:
- Mountain flights
The Charter Fares are available at any Sita Air sales location. Charter fares are based on per hour of flight operation with 18 seats available on each flight
We offer Cargo services to all our destinations especially to sectors like Lukla, Simikot, Jumla, Bajhang, Chaurjhari, Biratnagar-Tumlingtar etc. The maximum cargo load capacity of the Dornier is about 1400 Kg and the loads to each sectors vary depending on the elevation and the runway length.
Arrival at the Airport
The passengers are requested to arrive at the airport an hour before departure
All customers18 years old and above must present an official photo id before boarding the aircraft. The identification must be valid and not expired. However, foreign nationals may use their valid passport as a form of identification. Any travelers under 18 years of age is not required to show an id.
Check-in and Boarding
To ensure a smooth trip, we advice our passengers to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before their scheduled departure time. This policy is necessary to ensure that there is ample time for special assistance, document verification and baggage security procedures.
Baggage Size and weight
All passengers are allowed 15 kgs of free baggage. Excess baggage is chargeable and is specific to each destination.
We promise to do our utmost to ensure that passengers with special needs are accommodated in a safe and comfortable manner. Please contact our counter at the airport or the Air Hostess if on board the aircraft.
- Wheel chair Assistance
- Ambulance calls
- Onboard First Aid
- Traveling with pets
- Children and infants
- Unaccompanied minors
- Expectant mothers
Refund and cancellation Policy
Airline seat inventory is a product that is perishable. Once the aircraft has departed, there is no longer an opportunity for us to sell the seat. The ticket you have purchased is usually non-refundable and non-transferable,if you do not call to cancel your reservation prior to departure. However, if we cancel a flight due to uncontrollable circumstances, then your money is refunded. On the other hand, in the event you need to cancel the flight, there is a 10% cancellation fee if canceled one day prior to your scheduled flight.