Balewa Airport resumes its service after 26 years of closure

Video Courtesy: Ram Lamichhane

Balewa Airport at Baglung which was out of operation for past 26 years has now resumed its service as the Tara Air Twin Otter initiated its commercial flight today and landed at the airport around 11 am.

As per the information, two weekly flights will be conducted from Kathmandu to Balewa airport. Nepal Airlines Corporation and Tara Air will be conducting the 45 minutes scheduled flights to the airport from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

Tara Air conducted a successful test flight at Balewa Airport located at Baglung Municipality-14 on 19th March. Minimum 12 passengers are required to operate the flight from Baglung to Kathmandu. If 8-9 passengers are there instead of 12, Baglung Municipality has agreed to look after the situation.

In 2022 BS, the construction of the Baglung-Pokhara road was completed and after that in 2048, the airport came to a closure.  Although the initiative was taken to bring the airport into operation several times but it did happen as expected.

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Baglung Municipality will take responsibility for the construction of roads including roads to the airport and other infrastructure. Local administration will take security arrangement of the airport.

The flight to Baglung let passengers and tourists to view the natural, religious and historical scenario of the holy Kaligandaki River, Galika Bhagwati of Bagglung, Galeswarhhamam of Magdiei, Dhavagiri Himal and Muktingath Temple of Mustang.

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