Nepalgunj Airport expedites upgrading to regional international airport

Posted on by Biju Shrestha

Nepalgunj Airport is being upgraded to accommodate an international flight which is presently operating the domestic flights only. The airport’s terminal building, parking bay, immigration, custom, installation of X-ray machine, CCTV camera etc. are being upgraded to make the airport as regional international airport as soon as possible.

The 6 parking bay will be added to the airport which can hold ATR 72-500 series aircraft. The 280 million Nepalese Rupees project has been agreed with Kancharam Construction Pvt. Ltd. The project is set to be initiated by October and will take 18 months for completion as per Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

According to official of the airport, designs for infrastructures other than parking have been started and will be completed by coming month. Currently there are 2 parking bays for ATR 72 series aircraft. The airport currently has 1505 meter long runway. The extension of runway to 2000 meter is also going on inside the airport.

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 Airlines, Buddha Air, Shree Airlines, Saurya airlines and Yeti Airlines are performing flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport) and Tara Air, Sita Air and Summit Air are conducting flight to rural areas from via Nepalgunj airport. Around 90 flights during peak seasons are being carried out at the airport.

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