GBIA management to be under G to G model

The management of Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) has been proposed under G to G model (Government to Government). The Civil Aviation Authority of Bhairahawa has proposed to operate the airport under G to G model with the airport being managed by Munich Airport, Germany.

Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has also stated to operate and manage GBIA under G to G model and to provide the authority to Munich Airport.

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Director General Sanjiv Gautam stated to provide the responsibility to country that accepts to work under government terms and condition and had been working on working with Munich Airport.

Council of Ministers is expected to decide on it within next 10 days.

Last November, Finance Ministry approved PPP (Public Private Partnership) to operate the airport and G to G model was discussed and if the interest on G to G model was not given, the airport was expected to operate under PPP model.

Out of several proposals, Munich was selected and after agreement from council of minister, the 2 governments will make agreement. However, economic relation among both is yet to be finalized.

The airports Air Traffic Management, Air safety etc. which fall under Air navigation service will be under CAAN.

CAAN currently operates the sole international Airport Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and has been managing all airport of the country.

Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari has recently inaugurated the construction work of cargo building. He also informed that although the airport will be ready on August 2019, construction work continued as per the plan to commence operation in September, 2019.

The proposal has already been sent to make GBIA a base hub to operate flights to countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, China, Cambodia.

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