Minister of Aviation declares start of 21-hour service at TIA, formation of expert team


19th Apr, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, Apr 19: The Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari has declared that Tribhuvan International Airport will begin 21-hour service from the second half of May. He has said that although he plans to operate the airport for 24 hours daily, it is currently not possible.
 
In an interaction program between tourism experts on Tuesday, Minister Adhikari said that preparations are being made to form a group of international experts to organize the air space use of Nepal. The government is also making preparations to start night flights from Bhadrapur Airport, Jhapa. Adhikari clarified that the same is not possible at Pokhara for the moment.
Minister Adhikari also put forward the ambitious project of increasing the contribution of tourism to Nepal's economy to 25%, saying that for the tourism sector to be an important basis for Nepal's economic development, its contribution to the economy should be 25%.
According to government statistics, the contribution of tourism sector to Nepal's total GDP is 2.8%. He also stated that the failure of the implementation of existing plans have stopped Nepal's tourism sector from growing. He said that the government will be regularly consulting with the experts for developing the country's tourism sector.