Minister of Aviation unveils plan to operate TIA for 24 hours

26th Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, March 26: The Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has stated in a program on Sunday that preparations are underway to operate Tribhuvan International Airport for 24 hours a day.

Minister Adhikari said that TIA’s technical capacity would be upgraded for it to accommodate 24 hour operation. This will help to reduce the air traffic jam that is becoming a major problem in the only international airport of Nepal.

“We can operate the airport operations for 24 hours if we put in enough effort. If Mumbai airport, despite having only one runway, can function for 24 hours, then there is no reason for TIA to not do the same,” said Minister Adhikari.

He also claimed to keep Kathmandu open for 18 hours a day. “I will ensure that Kathmandu remains open for 18 hours and eventually upgrade that to 24 hours. With TIA functioning round the clock and Kathmandu remaining open for 18 to 24 hours, tourism business definitely will find a footing and then foster,” added Minister Adhikari.

He also said that the Gautam Buddha International Airport will be ready for operation by 2019. “Consensus has been forged between all stakeholders involved in the construction of the airport and work has been expedited. I am confident that it will be ready by 2019 and it will be helpful for reducing the current issue of air traffic jam,” claimed Minister Adhikari.

Minister Adhikari is also working on detailed plans to operate domestic flights from the airports like Pokhara, Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj to further ease the traffic jam in Tribhuvan International Airport.