Biratnagar Airport flight operation through Instrument flight rules (IFR) which has been closed since last August after being deluged by floods is expected to resume from Saturday, according to the airport authority.
The airport authority said that the instrument required for operating the IFR Flights like navigation equipment VOR/DME, runway lights, taxiway lights, apron lights which were submerged under four feet of water, thick mud and debris is under the phase of inspection.
The air traffic controller (ATC) at Biratnagar Airport stated Aviation Nepal that the airport will resume services from September 15-16. The airport will keep the IFR Flight service under inspection for couple of days and if the test is evaluated success then the airport will provide a go-ahead signal for airlines to operate IFR Flight service.
The airport which has restarted its flight operation normally from 19 August is operating only the Visual Flights Rules (VFR) Flights and now will operate IFR Flights shortly.
Biratnagar Regional Airport is a crucial hub, with several daily flights to destinations in the Eastern Nepal -Taplejung, Tumlingtar, Bhojpur, Lamidanda, Rumjatar and Phaplu.