Ministry of Aviation plans new alternative airport at Kavrepalanchok

3rd May, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

BANEPA, May 3: The Ministry of Aviation is planning to build an alternate airport in Kavrepalanchok district to divert traffic from Tribhuvan International Airport and reduce traffic congestion.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari visited proposed sites of Kavre on Tuesday, saying, "The ministry felt that building a new airport is the only alternative to deal with the situation, as the increasing number of flights is causing flight delays and even cancellations."

Officials at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) visited three sites with a group of experts at Panauti, Banepa and Dhulikhel municipalities of Kavre on Tuesday. 

Minister Adhikari has directed CAAN to form a group of experts for survey of all these sites and submit report to the ministry within 15 days and he will be allocating the budget for the project in coming fiscal year. 

CAAN officials have said that the alternative airport will have a 1,200-meter runway and the capacity to park up to 30 aircraft. According to Sanjiv Gautam, Director General of CAAN, the alternative airport is a necessity as the  number of air passengers is doubling every 15 years and air passengers in Nepal is increasing by 8 percent every year.

Currently, 30 airlines including two Nepali airlines are operating international flights to and from TIA, while 18 airlines companies, including those operating helicopters, are operating domestic flights from the TIA. 

TIA is handling 319 domestic flights and around 100 international flights every day, according to CAAN.