Shree airlines successfully conducted its test flight to the newly renovated Rajbiraj airport which has been closed for past 11 years due to poor runway.
The airlines will officially conduct inaugural flight to the airport tomorrow, May 24.
Shree airlines 50-seater CRJ-200 which successfully performed its test flight have created way to operate airport regularly says airport project chief Ram Ekbal Mahato.
No issues were reported by Captain DR Niroula of Shree’s safety department along with instructor pilots Captain Prajwol Adhikari, Rajesh Shrestha while making the test flight.
The airport will still take around a month to operate commercially as there are incomplete works at ATC tower and terminal. The 1,500-metre-long and 30-metre-wide runway, 90-metre-long and 60-metre-wide apron and 110-metre-long and 20-metre-wide taxiway have been already blacktopped and the redesigning cost of the airport was total of Rs303 million.
Moreover, Ram added that the fundamental specialized gear and equipment to be installed at tower have arrived and specialized group is attempting to install it. Shree airlines and airport administration have agreed on operating the regular flights and other airline companies also have shown interest.
The airport was initially inaugurated on 1959 by Ganesh Man Singh but later in 2007 it completely halted its operation due to lack of black topped runway.