Government to prioritize Gautam Buddha International Airport
26th Oct, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Oct 26: The government will now prioritize the Gautam Buddha International Airport in air agreement with the various countries and its renewal. As Tribhuwan International Airport has reached saturation point, there is a problem allowing new airlines to conduct flight and to give more flight permission.
Suresh Acharya, Joint Secretary of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation ministry said that the government will be more focused on international airports to be made at Lumbini and Pokhara while having air agreement and their renewal.
He said that international flights from Buddhist countries will be more centralized in Lumbini so that the international community based on Buddhist religion will join the direct air connectivity with Lumbini.
Joint secretary Acharya said that Gautam Buddha International Airport is planning to conduct its first international flight in Thailand. For this, the governmentwill now operate Lumbini's airport in the initial stage.
A week after a bilateral air agreement between Nepal and Thailand is being reviewed. Aviation officials are going to conduct a meeting among two countries on November 1 and 2. For this, Nepali team will go to Thailand. Nepal can conduct 10 direct flights to Thailand. Nepal is preparing to propose to increase it up to 3 dozen.
Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil aviation, Rabindra Adhikari has said that the runway of Gautam Buddha international Airport will be operated within 6 months. Though the government had announced to operate the runway from 2076, July it will not be operated before 2076 due to some technical issues. After the establishment of the runway, the international and domestic flights can be carried out from the airport.
Although the work of pitching the runway is only remained also the tender of traffic and connecting device required to connect airport is remaining. The works of civil box will be completed within the month of October. Due to delay in the works of tender it will take some time to operate the commercial flight.
The project is given to the Chinese construction company and the work of runway, terminal building, control tower, runway light system will be completed within 2076. Due to the delay in the works of connectivity, server, navigation and air traffic equipment there will be delay in the operation of the airport. According to the officials, It will take around 4 month to complete the necessary works. The airport is estimated to be operated from mid of 2076 or till the end of 2076.