Bhadrapur Airport is about to be equipped with a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle (ARFF). Airport chief, Purna Prasad Chudal has informed that tender has already been put forward by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) for purchasing the vehicle and will be dispatched within 5-6 months.
He also said that they are preparing to operate night flights in between this November and December. Therefore, proposal has also been conveyed for the purchase of runway lights, he added. It will take at least six months to install lights, so all the necessary preparations are going on, he added. CAAN has already intended to award the contract for installation and testing of airfield ground lighting system at Bhadrapur Airport with a published notice on 3rd July.
Before, Bhadrapur Airport had been facilitated with newly established Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) technology since February 17, 2018. And, Buddha Air has already carried out successful test flight on newly established Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). However, the VOR/DME equipment installation project which was to be inaugurated on January, 2018 has already been pushed forward by CAAN once but not accomplished it yet.
Bhadrapur airport is a major hub for the eastern part of Nepal. Daily flights to and from Kathmandu are filled with regular Nepalese, as well as many commuting to/from India. This airport is being developed thoroughly.
Presently, Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), Saurya Airlines, Yeti Airlines and Shree Airlines operate in this airport. Daily 8 to 10 flights have been operating in the Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu based route.