Europe to Kathmandu
There are several ways of flying economy from Europe to Kathmandu.
The cheaper fares tend to have more stop-overs (eg on runways
in the Middle East) and involve more changes of plane - and take
longer. Alternatively there are the more comfortable services
and more direct routes which tend to cost a little more. Most
flights change at a large European hub such as Schiffol, Zurich
or Vienna with flights which feed into these hubs from London,
Paris, Berlin, Cologne, Dublin, Rome, Brussels, Manchester, Moscow
etc. For the budget-conscious, KLM runs a large number of flights
on these routes and there is also a hook up between British Airways
and Royal Air Nepal. For the more comfort-oriented, Swissair
and Virgin offer a better service in our view.
It is possible to break the journey, for example with a one
or two day stop-over in Delhi, taking the new Virgin Atlantic
service (which is tied-in with Indian Airlines for the onward
flight to Kathmandu). The weekly flight from London Gatwick to
New Delhi is direct and takes around 8-9 hours. From Delhi on
to Kathmandu takes a little over an hour's flight. The food onboard
tends to improve as you travel East and if you're vegetarian,
eating aboard Indian Airlines is a treat.