India has agreed to offer the required air routes for Gautam Buddha International Regional Airport (GBIA) to come in operation.
Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) stated that air routes determined by the technical team of both countries were sent to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) three months ago.
The authority informed that flight can be operated immediately after receiving approval from ICAO.
Sanjeev Gautam, Director General of CAAN stated that the airport will come to operation as soon as the construction work will be completed.
The number of tourists is expected to increase in Lumbini as it is the birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha.
Likewise, the construction of runway of GBIA has been completed. The construction of 3000 meter long runway has finally been completed.
CAAN official stated about the completion of one of the main aspect of the construction project. Other remaining work of the project will also be proceeded, added the official.
With the completion of construction of the runway, it now can be used for emergency landing stated the official. The runway will also be alternative to the only international airport of the country Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) as the runway can hold aircraft that has been currently operation at TIA.
Old runway will be used as taxiway and the government has stated to operate the airport for international flight within this year.
Works of Terminal building, control tower, water reservoir and other infrastructure has been going on accordingly.
The works of taxiway and parking bays are also in final level out of 4 and the work is set to be initiated as the work of runway has completed.
Now the work of installing airfield light, connecting runway with Apron and taxiway etc. work will be carried out. After the operation of the runway, 400 meter of taxiway; 200 in east and 200 on west side will be extended. The project has also planned to use old runway as the parallel taxiway in future.