The government has planned to remove the diesel ramp bus, which carries the passengers from the terminal building to airplanes inside Tribhuvan International Airport.
Authority planned to replace the diesel ramp bus with an electric bus and has already sent a letter to all the airlines to replace the diesel ramp buses. CAAN wrote to all the companies to check the pollution of existing buses, several vehicle seats, the year of the purchase, and vehicle type.
The airline operators are disillusioned with this statement from authority. The companies said that it would be impossible to implement the plan to put an additional burden on the airlines that could not recover following the pandemic.
According to the President of the Airline Operators Association of Nepal, Captain Rameshwor Thapa stated airlines have lost 17.50 billion in revenue and have mentioned that it’s impossible to replace the buses by spending more.
Captain Thapa said that there had been an attempt to operate a bus service from the private sector instead of the ramp bus operated by airlines. According to him, the Aviation authority tried to use private-sector buses inside the airport in 2060 BS. At that time, the work was stopped after a strong protest by airlines.
According to the Airline Operators Association of Nepal, domestic airlines use their buses to transfer passengers from terminals to airplanes. In international flights, Nepal Airlines Corporation has taken responsibility.
The project has started that the Department of Transportation management’s pollution standards has fully complied with any third-party insurances provided to ramp buses and other vehicles operating at their airside. The project has also drawn attention to the plan to replace the diesel buses.