The Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), Mr. Rabindra Adhikari on Tuesday, vowed that the only country’s sole international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) would be operated for 21 hours daily.
In an interaction organized by the Nepal Tourism Infrastructure Development Council in the Ministry on April 17, Minister Adhikari shared that the Ministry was preparing to operate the TIA for 21 hours daily from from the third week of upcoming May, this year. Adhikari said he wanted the airport to run round the clock. However, it is not immediately possible; therefore attempts would be made for its gradual improvement.
He added that the move was targeted to lessen air traffic pressure as the TIA is facing acute air traffic pressure as of late. He added that though he was planning to operate 24 hours services in the TIA, it takes time to this effect. Adding that the night flights currently available from Kathmandu to Dangadhi will be extended to Bhadrapur of Jhapa in the near future.
Experts in tourism and culture sectors suggested Minister Adhikari to adopt effective plans and programs for the development of these sectors.