Thamkharka airport, located in Khotang district has resumed its flight operation after remaining out of operation for a couple of years.
The airport resumed its service from February 11 (yesterday) after the completion of blacktopping project of the runway.
Mr. Rabindra Adhikari, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) inaugurated the resuming of airport. He informed that the airport will operate flight services regularly now.
Sanjeev Gautam, Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) stated that a important work of the construction of the airport will be completed shortly.
Similarly, Madan Kharel, executive chairman of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has committed of operating regular flight.
“With regular flights, local people and tourists can travel directly from Khotang to eastern Terai and Kathmandu,” said Bishal Bhattarai, member of federal parliament.
The sick people seeking medical treatment will be mostly benefited by the flight service in this region. While the airport was closed they were compelled to walk for two days on foot to reach Khanidada Airport of the same district and use the air service from there. Khanidada Airport lies on the headquarter Dhiktel of Khotang.
The airport was closed down as the runway wasnot blacktopped.
NAC has been operating flight at Thamkharka airport. The corporation is operating flight services at Kathmandu-Thamkharka air route and Biratnagar-Thamkharka air route.