Shuttle service brought into operation at TIA

Published On: December 1, 2021 03:18 PM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: Shuttle bus service has been brought into operation at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) from Wednesday. 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and TIA have brought three micro buses into operation to ferry air passengers to and from both domestic and international terminals at the TIA to the main entrance of the airport. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Prem Bahadur Ale inaugurated the shuttle bus service on Wednesday. 

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Ale said that he has been continuously directing the airport police to only let the passengers use the taxi service under the meter system, stating that the taxis have been charging the passengers high fares in recent days. However, such incidents still take place despite his strict directions. He said that the shuttle service was brought into operation after receiving complaints from passengers about the high fares charged by taxi drivers. “Students who come to Kathmandu have complained about taxis charging higher fares than their flights. I have also been charged Rs 1,500 to 2,000 while using a taxi service from the airport to Koteshwor in the past,” Ale added.

People traveling by domestic airlines can use the shuttle bus service from 6AM to 11PM free of cost, 365 day a week. THe shuttle bus will drop the passengers from the domestic terminal till the golden gate of the TIA. 

Minister ALe also urged Nepalis leaving for foreign employment to contact the hotline arranged by the airport  if they face any kind of problem. Although the prices charged by canteens and cafes inside the airport have been decreased by 15 percent, taxis are creating major problems for the passengers. 

Moreover, Minister Ale also inaugurated a resting house, built inside the international terminal for passengers traveling abroad for foreign employment. “Although the resting house can only hold 25 guests at a time, a plan has been made to upgrade its capacity to 300 guests in the future,” he said.


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