KATHMANDU, April 16: Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) would be brought into operation round the clock from May 29.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has made preparations to bring the international airports into operation round the clock to manage the increasing flow of passengers.
Similarly, Bhairahawa-based Gautam Buddha International Airport and under construction Pokhara Regional International Airport currently under construction would come into operation round the clock.
CAAN Director-General, Pradeep Adhikari, said that the TIA would provide 24-hour service from May 29, which marks the Republic Day.
Talking to media persons, Adhikari shared, "The CAAN released a plan after the frequent directions of Tourism Minister Prem Bahadur Ale.
Flow of passengers at international airports and domestic airports has increased after the COVID pandemic.
He said, "There is a need for improvement of infrastructures in all international and domestic airports as well as standardization of service. It is also necessary to give a message that the Nepalese sky is safe. For that purpose, we have been involved in the effective management of airports."
Earlier in 2075 BS, the then Tourism Minister late Rabindra Adhikari had brought the TIA into operation for 21 hours from 18 hours.
Gautam Buddha International Airport has been taken as the alternative airport to TIA. According to CAAN, TIA, Gautam Buddha International Airport and under construction Pokhara Regional International Airport would now be brought into operation round the clock.
Adhikari mentioned that though the runway of Gautam Buddha International Airport would come into operation from April 21, the airport would host international flight from May 16, the Day of Buddha Purnima.
Likewise, domestic airports would also come into operation till midnight. The CAAN has decided to bring Bhadrapur, Janakpur, Simara, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj and Dhangadhi airports into operation till midnight.