Buddha Air

Buddha Air is an airline based in Kathmandu, Nepal. From Kathmandu it flies to 10 different destinations both at home and abroad.


Buddha Air was founded on 23 April 1996. The flight operations began to five destinations within Nepal on 11 October 1997, a Beechcraft 1900D. It is also offered a daily round trip to Mount Everest. Since August 2010, flying Buddha Air, the first and only airline besides Drukair, even into neighboring Bhutan. Chairman is Surendra B. Basnet, managing director Birendra B. Basnet.

Since November 2013, the company stands together with all other airlines in Nepal due to security concerns on the list of operating bans for the airspace of the European Union. Flights to Europe but were previously not offered.


As of October 2013, the fleet of the Buddha Air consists of 6 planes:

  • 3 ATR 42-300
  • 3 ATR 72-500


  • 25 September 2011 a Beechcraft 1900D crashed near Godavari from, 10 kilometers from Kathmandu. All 19 passengers, 3 crew members and 16 passengers died. The aircraft was on a flight back a sightseeing flight around Mount Everest.