Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the country’s only international airport is set to be modified as a boutique airport from the coming New Year.
The government has approved the Boutique Airport Strategy on 28th Falgun, 2075. As per the plan, the boutique transformation process will take place in two phases. The paperwork, design and other required preparations is expected to done before the end of this year.
Second phase will begin from the 1st of Baisakh, 2076 which includes construction of new infrastructure, installation of Nepali sculptures and other things that reflect the beauty of Nepal.
Nepal is expecting to welcome 2 million tourists by the year 2020 with ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ campaign for which TIA is being modified into a boutique airport.
The airport authorities have started to install modern technologies at the airport and traditional art works that reflect the cultural heritage of the country as per the demand of passengers.
The airport authority has formed a 6 member committee to monitor the boutique transformation process and expedite the work.
The boutique airport strategy was expedited by the Prime Minister KP Oli and Late Honorable Minister Rabindra Adhikari.
TIA will be an advertisement-free area within a few months but will lose some revenue. Passengers and visitors will be facilitated with free wi-fi round-the-clock once it has been declared a boutique airport.
Parking problem at TIA is already managed, informed the general manager. Besides, the airport authority is preparing to develop an application which will have information related to the airport.