Rukumkot Chaurjahari Airport serving Chaurjahari has been closed since 8 months. Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) used to conduct 2 flights in a week. The flights of NAC which is the only operator in Chaurjahari airport had cancelled all flights since the second week of Jestha 2074.
Due to cancellations of flights, the locals mainly the ill patients have been directly affected. As a result of such reasons, the patients who have been referred to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu hospitals are compelled to use roadways instead. The serious illness patients with risky health conditions have to use to road ways.
Surrendra Nepali, head of the Chaurjahari station said that the air traffic service has been closed due to technical reasons. The flight has been closed due to the lack of passengers instead the flights have been shifted to its headquarter at Salley Airport, he added.
Due to this, the people of Jajarkot and Salyan have been adversely affected.
Salley Airport of Musikot use to have 2 flights weekly but now after removing its schedule flights from Chaurjhari, another 2 flights have been added to Salley Airport making it 4 flights per week. At both of these airports of Rukum, there is no regular air service from the private airline, except Nepal Airlines Cooperation (NAC).