Flights affected at Gautam Buddha Airport after VOR technology fails

5th Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 05: Flights at the Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa are being affected after the VOR (Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Range Radio) technology, used to point out direction and distance to aircraft, broke down. Flights at the airport have been affected for the past 5-6 days, with night flights stopped completely.
As the Bhairahawa region was under heavy rainfall since Sunday night, the lack of VOR technology has affected flights with 2 Buddha Air flights, 2 Yeti Air flights, Saurya Air, Simrik, Nepal Airlines, and other flights being cancelled. With the VOR technology, flights are possible with up to 1500 meters of visibility. But without it, flight permissions are only given when there is at least 5000 meters of visibility.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has not sent any technical manpower even 6 days after the technology broke down at the airport. Director of the Bhairahawa office of CAAN, Tek Raj Pokharel, had released a "No time letter" informing that it will take at least 2 weeks to fix the VOR equipment. According to Senior Director of Buddha Air at Bhairahawa, Darshan Ghimire, it does not take more than two days to fix the VOR equipment.