Honorable Minister Krishna Bahadur Mehra, Ghaneyshyam Poudel, Chief of Tulsipur Sub-Municipality and Meta Mani Chaudhary have made initiative for preparation of constructing temporary fuel depot and terminal expansion at Dang Airport.
The government has also made decision for the construction and the process has already begun. The terminal building will be constructed for the convenience of the passenger along with Tulsipur airport operating with temporary fuel depot.
The budget has been allocated from the center for terminal building. “We are expecting the flight services to be regular as the government has also supported for enhancement of airport for its smooth operation,” said Poudel.
Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), national flag carrier has planned to increase its flight service to Tulsipur at Dang from Kathmandu.
Currently, NAC operates 2 flights on Monday and Friday weekly in Kathmandu-Tulsipur air route. NAC has already announced to operate 3 flights weekly from November 17(Mangsir 1).
Local and ill people will be benefited as the airport will operate soon again. The airport has been out of operation repeatedly stating the problem of fuel depot in the past.
A couple of years back on May 28, 2015, Summit Air, previously Goma Air operated the flight to Dang with the help of Tulshipur Industries and commerce union that continued for 9 months only. Later it was halted due to lack of passengers as stated by the airline. Summit Air again had resumed operation from January 7, 2017, but the flights had been occasional and was shut down eventually.
Previously, airline operators did not show their interest to operate at Dang stating the airport lacks refueling facility however, Summit Air again resumed service at the airport from 7th January, 2018.
Dang (Tarigaun) Airport is located in western Nepal at an elevation of 634 m/2080 ft. above mean sea level. The airport has Bituminous Paved (Asphalt Concrete) runway with its dimension of 750 m x 30 meters aligned to 160 degrees and 340 degrees. The airport currently has three parking bay which can accommodate the STOL aircraft like Dornier D228, DHC6 Twin Otter, LET L410, Harbin Y12e and Cessna Grand Caravan C208.