KATHMANDU, May 3: Domestic flights taking place from the Tribhuvan International Airport were suspended today due to adverse weather. Some inbound airplanes of international flight were also asked to hold, TIA office has stated.
TIA spokesperson Pratap Babu Tiwari said Buddha Air's planes which had flown towards Nepalgunj and Surkhet from TIA returned to Kathmandu due to bad weather. Similarly, the Shree Airlines plane also returned to Kathmandu.
Among the international flights, an Air Bangla plane had to 'hold' for about half an hour. Most of the flights in the western sector from Bhairahawa have been affected. The flights at TIA were affected due to inclement weather.
However, the TIA service returned to normal by 2 pm, Tiwari said.
National Emergency Centre's appeal not to operate choppers
The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) under the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a public appeal not to operate helicopter flights until Saturday.
In a notice it issued today, the Centre urged all the stakeholders concerned not to operate and have others operate helicopter flights in the eastern mountainous region today and throughout the day on Saturday as there is the possibility of heavy snowfall in the region. Similarly, it urged the tourists and visitors to remain in safe places.
The Centre stated that the eastern region of the country would also be badly affected by the Fani cyclone that has originated in India, urging for precaution. The Meteorological Forecasting Division has stated that the cyclone will start having its effect in the eastern districts of Nepal from 3 pm. The cyclone packing winds of speed up to 175 kilometres per hour has been battering the coastal area of Odisha, India since the morning.