Gautam Buddha International Airport project aims for test flights on January 1

24th Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 24: The Gautam Buddha International Airport project is being taken forward with the aim of conducting test flights on January 1. The construction of the runway, which was itself the last of the major works of the project, has reached its last stage. The process of laying bitumen over the 3000 meter runway has started on Sunday.

Project Chief Om Sharma said that after laying bitumen, the process of black-topping the runway will take place. He said that if the work takes place as expected, it will be possible to conduct test flights on January 1, 2019. The project office is aiming to start domestic flights from the airport as soon as possible. The current runway of the airport is to be turned to the upgraded airport's taxiway, due to which domestic flights have not been possible currently. For this reason, the office is planning to complete the construction of the new runway within the new year, start domestic flights, and continue with the remaining works of the airport.

The project plans to conduct test flights of Airbus' wide-body jet on January 1. The material infrastructure work has been 60% completed and the remaining works would be completed within deadline by 2019, informed Sharma. The parking area has been 70% completed. The parking area has been designed to accommodate 5 large aircraft at the same time. Similarly, the construction of the administration building, control tower, and the international terminal has also reached the final stage.