Domestic flights at TIA resumed

Domestic flight operations at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) which was disrupted due to the cyclone, has resumed.

The cyclone ‘Fani’ formed in the Bay of Bengal had affected the domestic flights at the airport.

A few hours ago, TIA halted entire domestic flights whereas international flights were at the operation as the airport was open for IFR flights.

The aircraft of US Bangla Airlines which was scheduled to land at TIA had to stay in hold for around half an hour. Two flights of Buddha Air at Jhapa and Biratnagar were diverted.

International flights were not disrupted and were in operation and now domestic flights have also resumed.

The National Emergency Operations Center of the Home Ministry appealed the helicopter companies not to operate flights at Eastern Himalayan region saying that there is a possibility of snowfall. The ministry directed not to operate helicopter flight for a couple of days.

In general, the IFR rules make take off and landing when the weather goes worse and pilots have limited visibility. But for an IFR flight both the aircraft and airport need to be IFR capable.

There need to be visibility of 5000 meters in VFR and minimum of 1600 meters visibility for IFR in Kathmandu and 2500 meters visibility for out of the valley are required in IFR.


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