Nepalgunj Airport located at Banke District is in the process of its runway expansion. Prem Nath Thakur, spokesperson of Nepalgunj Airport stated the Aviation Nepal that Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) Rabindra Adhikari and Director General visited Nepalgunj Airport and directed to carry on the process for the runway extension. “Currently, civil engineers are studying for the extension project”, he said.
After submission of study report, the budget will be estimated according to the design then biding will be invited and the extension work will be commenced next year, he added. According to the plan, the runway of 1500 meters long will be extended from 300m in the west and 200m in the east.
Spokesperson Thakur informed that there would be not any problem in land acquisition as the airport has its own land for extension work. The formal process has started for operating international flight operations.
Although, Buddha Air has planned to operate scheduled flight from Nepalgunj to New Delhi but due to inadequate infrastructure for international flights, the carrier has to wait for complete expansion of the runway.
The authority has planned to construct 7 parking bay and terminal building in the west of the airport. The invitation for biding will be conducted after two months of completion of Terminal building.
The Indian government will give approval for conducting flight after examining the security. After approval, the slot will be prepared.