Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has issued a NOTAM to all concerned regarding the temporary closure of TIA to secure VVIP movement inside the airport.
According to TIA International NOTAM office, the airport has stated a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) on October 29 starting for 30 minutes from 11:15 AM to 11:45 AM due to the VVIP flight. Similarly on November 01 starting for 30 minutes from 07:20 PM to 07:55 PM due to VVIP flight of the Honorable President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
President Bhandari is leaving for Qatar for a four-day visit (on Oct 29-Nov 1) at the invitation of Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar.
During the VVIP Movement, no flights will be allowed to take-off or land. During this time the airport will be completely closed due to the security reason for VVIP flight. Airport NOTAM office will declare NOTAM while the Order of precedence of Nepal will be travelling by airway using airport facility.
Currently, the TIA has been bearing high air traffic due to the increasing number of tourists and also the bad weather. Lukla Airport, one of the extreme airports in the world, is receiving more than 60 flights a day from different domestic airlines due to the high flow of tourists and mountain climbers.
An official from the airport noted that the international flights will not be affected and will be operated smoothly but the domestic flight operation will be halted. He also added that they have requested airlines to schedule night flights to those airports with night flight operation facility.