Nepalgunj Airport is being upgraded to accommodate international flight which is presently operating the domestic flights only with the addition of 6 new parking bays.
Tourism Minister (MoCTCA) Rabindra Adhikari started the construction project by laying foundation stone in airport premise today. Runway of the airport along with parking bays will be upgraded within 18 months.
As per CAAN, the airport is being upgraded to handle international flights and private carrier Buddha Airlines has already applied to operate flights to India via Nepalgunj Airport. currently the airport only has 2 parking bays and its is being problematic to accommodate more aircraft due to increase in air passenger.
As stated by airport official, for around 285 million rupees the construction contract is provided to Kanchharam Constructions and it has started the work from today. after the completion of the project it is stated to minimize the problem faced during tourist season as the airport will be able to accommodate 6 ATR 72 aircraft.
The airport currently has 1505 meter long runway. The extension of runway to 2000 meter is also going on in the airport.
The airport’s terminal building, parking bay, immigration, custom, installation of X-ray machine, CCTV camera etc. are also being upgraded to make the airport as regional international airport as soon as possible.
At present, flights to western and far-western region of the country are being carried out from the airport. And it is one of the busiest domestic airports in Nepal acting as a hub of western Nepal. Nepal