KATHMANDU, Jan 1: On the occasion of National Topi Day, Nepal Association of Travel and Tour Agents (NATTA) Lumbini Province has demanded regular international flights at Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa.
During a program organized by NATTA of Lumbini Province, Chairperson Rachana Panta informed that the employees working in the international airport were asked to wear Nepali Dhaka topi to organize the flights.
Putting the Dhaka topi on the employees, Panta said, "Just like the pride of the head is the Dhaka topi, similarly Gautam Budh Airport is pride and honor for the people of Lumbini province and all the tourism professionals of Nepal," said Panta.
In the program, tourism entrepreneur Sagar Adhikari said that international flights should not be curtailed at Gautam Budh International Airport located in Bhairahawa under any pretext and warned that all Lumbini residents will protest if they are curtailed. Tourism businessman and former chairman of Siddharth Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bishnu Prasad Sharma said that more than Rs 40 billion has been invested in the airport and more than Rs 100 billion in private investment.
General Manager of Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) Govinda Prasad Dahal said that the airport has served 31,618 passengers so far. He informed that there were 154 flights and landings during the period of seven months from May 16 to December 18. At present, Al Jazeera Airlines has cut its flights.
Himalaya Airlines has also stopped flights. On the other hand, due to low visibility at Gautam Buddha International Airport located in Bhairahawa, domestic flights are also affected. Although the Instrument Landing System (ILS) has been connected to the international airport to solve this problem, the problem has arisen due to non-operation of this equipment. Tourism entrepreneurs have demanded that ILS should be operated immediately.