Government sets Nijgadh International Airport project as its first priority
An investment project around 60 arab rupees intended for upgrading Tribhuvan International Airport stalls after government prioritize construction of Nijgadh International Airport. After an earthquake, our nation’s only one international airport came short in playing its role, managing relief items and handling international aircraft at the same time. The officials now realizes the problem and feel the need to construct second international airport.
Many meetings and discussions led the officials to set their first priority to continue work on Nijgadh International Airport which delays Tribhuvan International Airport’s second stage to it’s upgrade plan. The official states “Both projects are estimated to finish between 5 and 7 years. So, the choice became obvious. The cost to complete all 4 phase upgrade work of Tribhuvan International Airport may exceeds sixty arab rupees.”
So, the official analyst team performing preliminary cost analysis suggested the money be best used at constructing Nijgardh International Airport. TIA currently handles more than 15 lakh domestic passengers and 32 lakh international passengers per year but the air travel rate is estimated to increase about 3-5 % every year and after 2019 TIA will struggle to handle passengers mounting pressure.