Parking problems at TIA forces airplanes to hold on air

16th Feb, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: The existing parking problems at Tribhuvan International Airport has been forcing airplanes to hold on air almost daily.

The increased number of national and international flights going through the airport has been causing a crowding issue requiring planes to hold on air for half an hour to even 1.5 hours. Airplanes are often forced to hold in the airspace above Hetauda, Naubise, Nagarkot, and Banepa, informed airlines.

Spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Birendra Prasad Shresttha, said that crowding of airplanes and lack of parking space has made it necessary for airplanes to stay on air.

TIA can allow the parking of a maximum 35 airplanes at a time. The problem of holding airplanes on air can cause psychological stress on passengers, acknowledged CAAN, but it said that the problem has not been remedied due to the lack of infrastructure.

The management of airplanes has reportedly been eased with the operation of the second generation radar system. Chief of Air Traffic Service, Sitaram Bhandari, said that on the instructions of the air traffic controller, airplanes can hold on air at any location. During extensive traffic jams, international flights are diverted to Dharke, Banepa, and Makwanpur while internal flights are put on hold above Bhaktapur, Kirttipur, Swayambhu, Nalinchowk, etc.

The work of adding parking ways to the south and east of the airport to ease the traffic jams has also been stalled since a long time.

President of the Airlines Operators Association of Nepal, Pabitra Kumar Karki, said that the private sector is also facing difficulties in promoting their businesses and even in providing satisfactory service to its customers due to the limited capacity of the airport. He suggests an ideal solution to be put in place as soon as possible.