Lukla airport remains out of operation while other airports resume service

Posted on by Pinkey Rai

Majority of the airports around the country came into operation except Lukla airport after being out of operation due to poor weather for several days.

Prem Nath Thakur, spokesperson of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) stated that Lukla airport has not been able to operate due to continuous rain. The rest of the airports of the country are being operational from today.

Spokesperson Thakur stated that 12-13 scheduled or charter flights have been conducted daily to Lukla airport. Hundred of tourists were affected when the airport was not in operation, he added. Though the flights are not completely cancelled but due to unstable changes in weather, the flights are delayed and air passengers are facing a lot of problem.

According to the airport officials, due to continuous rains from two days, the highways are blocked caused by the flood resulting the increase in air passengers. Tek Raj Pokhrel, Bhairahawa Civil Aviation Authority Chief stated that the Visibility at the airport control zone had gone down till 600 meters. When the visibility goes below 1,000 meters the schedule flights gets cancelled.

Departure lounge of the airport and counters of Simrik Air, Saurya Air and Nepal Airlines had witnessed leakage of water from the roof, while car parking area of the airport was inundated due to heavy rain.

Due to bad weather, domestic airlines companies of the country were unable to conduct flights in Pokhara, juphal, Lukla, Jomsom, simikot and bhairahawa throughout the day yesterday.

Most of the flights had been cancelled for Pokhara, Bhairahawa following continuous rainfall. Buddha air and Yeti air conducted one flight each to Bhairahawa in the evening.

As per the information, the flights operations would resume after the improvement in weather.

Similarly Jomsom airport has been out of operation since 5 days, Juphal airport since 3 days and Lukla airport since 4 days.

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