Dhangadi Airport will be closed for one month for accommodating the runway rehabilitation project.
The meeting held on Thursday at the airport has concluded to close Dhangadi Airport from May 6 to June 4 ( Baisakh 22- Jestha 21) following the blacktopping project of the runway.
Tej Bahadur Budhathapa, chief of airport stated that it has also been decided to request the chief office of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to publish the notice for all airline companies for information.
Generally, the runway overlay work should be done in every 10 years periods. However, Dhangadi airport is about to overlay the runway after nearly 14 years.
In the investment of about NRs. 18 crore, the extension of Parking area and renovation work of the runway will be initiated.
This project is awarded to Lumbini, Koshi and Neupane. Khadka, Koirala JB Kathmandu. According to CAAN, the runway of 60m wide and 1800 m long will be blacktopped.
Likewise, two proposals have been presented at the Investment Summit held at Kathmandu on 15th and 16th Chaitra for converting Dhangadhi Airport into a regional airport.
The Investment Board Nepal (IBN) informed that two proposals came after the board published the deadline of 7th Baisakh. The time has now been extended to another 1 month.
Dhangadhi Regional Airport will feature 3000 meter long and 60 meter wide runway while the taxiway will be of length 1800 meter and width 23 meter. Dhangadhi Airport is the only big airport situated in the far western region which has facilitated citizens of 9 districts.
With 30 meters wide and 1800 meters long blacktopped runway, it is the airport with the second long runway, after the Tribhuvan International Airport and it is also planned to be upgraded to an international airport, making Nepal’s fourth international airport.