BUTWAL, Feb 4: For the first time in Nepal's 74-year aviation history, more than half a dozen foreign airlines wanted to fly in Gautam Buddha International Airport at Bhairahawa outside Kathmandu. During the inauguration ceremony of the airport on May 16, officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) said that the international airline companies will come to Bhairahawa within a few months. It was said that airlines from 11 countries including Sri Lankan Airlines, Fly Dubai, Thai Smile, Gulf Air, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Salam Air are interested in flying from Bhairahawa.

Due to India’s reluctance to grant air routes, aircraft flying to Gautam Buddha International Airport will have to take a longer route from Simra which might raise the operating costs for airlines and push up ticket prices.

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: If there is any technical problem in the plane flying in the Nepali sky, the situation of having to come to Kathmandu for emergency landing is coming to an end. At present, there is no alternative to returning to the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for emergency landing.