Sukilumba airport to come into operation soon

Published On: January 17, 2022 01:50 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

MANGALBARE, Jan 17: The Sukilumba airport is coming into operation soon. Ilam Municipality and Tara Air Pvt Ltd have inked a deal to run the air services at the airport.

The agreement has ascertained the beginning of flight service every Sunday from February 20 onward. The municipality has signed an agreement for 12 flights. The one-way airfare has been fixed at Rs 8,000 per person in the 16-seater aircraft of the company.

According to the agreement, Ilam Municipality will pay the round trip airfare of 11 passengers. The municipality has incentivized round trip air service upon the payment of one way fare. Mayor Mahesh Basnet said passengers would get a round trip air ticket once paying only Rs 8,700.

The agreement was signed to operate the flight service for at least three months. According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the airport has placed its every preparation for managing flight services. The runway with 670-meter length and 20 meter breadth has been already blacktopped. So far Rs 280 million has been spent for the construction and maintenance of the airport, CAAN sources said.

Earlier, a test flight was conducted at the airport on 4 June 2018. With the airport coming into operation, it will be easier for passengers to and from Ilam, Panchthar, Taplejung and Darjeeling, Sikkim of India to travel. 


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