The runway construction of Pokhara Regional International Airport has been completed as the project attains over 30 per cent progress.
The apron construction is also completed while the main terminal building construction is going on, informed the airport project chief Krishna Poudel.
It is expected that the Pokhara International Airport will see its construction completed by December 2020 despite the deadline of July 2021.
At present, the terminal building, taxiway, waterway and aircraft hangar construction is going. The project committee has insisted to attain 60 per cent progress by the end of 2019 and overall completion within 2020. 35 percent progress has been achieved as per the latest report.
The government had given contract of construction project to the Chinese company CAMC Engineering on 12 of May, 2014. As per the agreement, the CAMCE has taken the contract to construct the airport in the EPC model and was given time up to 2021 July 10 which is now expected complete before the given deadline.
If the construction of the airport completes 6 months prior, the remaining time will be used to construct immigration, custom and other required infrastructures.
The new airport is intended to provide regional, domestic and international passengers with additional flight services over the current airport to encourage tourism in the Pokhara region, which is one of the popular tourist destinations in Nepal along with to minimize air traffic prevailing at country’s sole international airport Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).