Balewa Airport to restart operation after 26 years

16th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

BAGLUNG, Jan 16: Balewa Airport, situated in Baglung Municipality, is set to begin operation after being closed for 26 years. After years of assurances to locals from the governmental level, a tri-party agreement to reopen the airport was reached on Sunday.

The agreement between the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), two airline companies and the Baglung Municipality, includes the idea to operate two flights a week by the second half of March. The Nepal Airlines Corporation and Tara Air will each make one flight a week.

A technical team is set to study the state of the defunct airport and further work will be carried out on the basis of the team's report. The chief concern currently is to manage an access road to the airport.

There is currently no blacktopped road to reach the airport, and people have no option to use a gravel road along the Kaligandaki Corridor to reach the airport which was constructed back in 2022 BS. It was closed with the construction of the Baglung-Pokhara road in the 2048 BS.