KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Under the national pride project, Nepal has proposed India to provide new air routes to the international airports being constructed in Bara, Nijgadh and Gautam Buddha Regional Airport of Bhairahawa and Pokhara.
“We have proposed India to provide new air routes to Mahindranagar, Nepalgunj, Bhairahawa, Janakpur,” said Siratam Bhandari, head of Air Traffic Service, Tribhuvan International Airport. He also mentioned that India looks positive regarding Nepal’s proposal.
Although the India has shown positive view of the air route of Nepalgunj and Janakpur, it is not positive for the routes of Mahindranagar and Bhairahawa. As these two routes are not safe enough, India has shown no positive response on these two routes.
However, after studying ‘Safety Assessment’, Indian authorities have decided not to give these two routes to Nepali side. The air route cannot be used unless the safety assessment, Bhandari said, “There is no alternative except for us to wait for India to have discussion in this regard.”
If India does not allow for the route, the airway from West Nepal to Pokhara will have to go from Samara-Kathmandu to reach Pokhara. . Bhandari says, “If India will allow a new route, airways will be able to reach Pokhara from Tulsipur, Dang, Puuthan.