The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has decided to acquire 50.65 acres of land to enhance Biratnagar Airport to international standards. A federal government cabinet meeting on November 12 granted CAAN approval to acquire 50.65 acres of land to extend and upgrade the airport.
Earlier, on October 5, a trilateral deal was signed to expand the airport to international specifications and construct a 3,000-meter long runway.
Developed with Indian expenditure in 2025 BS, the airport presently has 47.66 acres (8 blocks) and a runway length of 1,500 meters. Last year after offering Rs 690 million in restitution, CAAN obtained 1.75 acres of land, comprising 26 houses mostly on the north and south sides of the airport.
The width between the airport’s south and north is 212 meters. The Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, Biratnagar, Utsav Kharel, has said that the property will be purchased from the runway’s center position at a range of 150 meters south and 150 meters north.
Kharel said that permission for land acquisition had been obtained, but because the complete specifics have still not been obtained, nothing can be said regarding the runway’s extension at present.
The distance from north to south is currently 90 meters to 150 meters. “Some more lands will be added to the north of the terminal building by making it equal to 150 meters.