ADB Approves $150 Million Loan to improve TIA and GBIA

20th Nov, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 150 million ( Equivalent to NRP  17.7 billion )concessional loan to improve the capacity of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and Gautam Buddha International  Airport (GBIA) in Nepal.

Tourism is a major source of economic activity in Nepal. In 2019, tourism generated an estimated $2.05 billion, which accounted for 6.7% of gross domestic product. TIA in Kathmandu is the country’s only international airport and a major hub for domestic air transport.

GBIA in Lumbini will serve as an alternate international air transport facility for Nepal. Lumbini is the birthplace of the Buddha and is a pilgrimage and major tourist destination.

“ADB’s support will improve TIA’s safety, capacity, and operational efficiency. In addition, the new GBIA international terminal will play a key role in boosting regional tourism in and around Lumbini,” said ADB Senior Transport Specialist for South Asia Kai Wei Yeo. “The project will help revive the country’s tourism industry and address the long-term negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The loan will support the construction of a parallel taxiway extension and hangar aprons at TIA, and a new international terminal building at GBA to increase capacity.

Another key component of the project is minimizing climate change impacts. This will be carried out by using clean energy materials, such as the solar panels and energy-efficient lighting to be installed at the new GBIA terminal building.