Test Flight conducted after reopening of Ramechhap Airport
Kathmandu – 09 August 2016
Private airline carrier ‘Tara Air’ conducted a successful test flight at Ramechhap Airport commonly known as Manthali Airport in Ramechhap District this Monday morning by a flight that took off from Lukla Airport in command of Captain Ishwor Raj Joshi. The aircraft was a DHC Twin Otter with registration number 9N-AET which returned back to Lukla Airport after the successful conduction of test flight.
Tara Air conducted this test flight just few days after Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal reopened the airport after 13 months period. The airport was shut by CAAN for this period for the purpose of black topping the runway according to the Director of Civil Aviation Authority of Ramechhap, Kedar Prashad Satyal.
Before being blacktopped Ramechhap Airport used to see about 10 flights per day for cargo operations. Air Kasthamandap, Goma Air with Tara Air used to conduct chartered cargo flights in this region. Ramechhap is one of the desired airports for the airline operators. The airport also features facility of refueling of aircraft with the aviation fuel available from Nepal Oil Corporation.
The airport is suitable to fly all year round in the context or prevalent weather which features Five Hundred twenty meters of runway with capacity to land Twin Otter, Dornier and other single engine aircraft. The Manthali airport was constructed with contribution of local people under supervision of contemporary Panchayat Nawa Raj Subedi. The airport came to operation since 2035 B.S.