TIA adding four parking ways within 1.5 years

27th Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Mar 27: Tribhuvan International Airport will be adding four new parking ways capable of holding large aircraft within the next 1.5 years. The construction work for the parking ways have is also gathering momentum.

The lack of parking space in the only international airport of the country has been causing serious problem of airplanes holding on air for long periods of time. Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Sanjiv Gautam, said that the parking problem has also forced CAAN to deny flight permission to new airlines.

Gautam said that the lack of sufficient parking ways has forced flights to hold on air between 1 pm-5 pm and 8 pm-12 am. The new parking ways are being constructed at Tribhuvan International Airport to minimize the growing parking problems at the airport.

At the same time, discussions are taking place to conduct flights to Lukla from Biratnagar rather than TIA, to further minimize air traffic at the international airport.

The construction of the parking way to the north is 35% completed. The project is being undertaken at the cost of Rs. 520 million funded by the airport itself, said Gautam.

The parking issue has caused problems in flight schedules as well, said TIA spokesperson Premnath Thakur. Currently, Tribhuvan Airport has only 9 parking ways able to accommodate large aircraft, one of which is being used to store the grounded Boeing auctioned by the Nepal Airlines.