Nepal’s second international airport will be operational from May 26

Nepal’s second international airport will start operating in May, the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation announced on Sunday.

All international flights can take off and land at Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) from May 26, the anniversary of Lord Buddha’s birth, Nepal’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation informed Prem Ale during inspection of the airport under construction in Bhairahawa, located in western Nepal.

If there is a technical problem in the plane flying in the Nepalese sky, the situation of diverting the plane to Kathmandu for an emergency landing will come to an end. At present, there is no alternative to returning to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for an emergency landing. For emergency landings, planes will not have to be diverted to India or headed to Kathmandu airport once GBIA enters service.

Currently, only the TIA has emergency landing facilities with “foam and fire” vehicles. Arrangements have been made at the GBIA for its operation.

The GBIA, which is being prepared for operation, also has minimum standards required for an emergency landing according to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. Planes that were unable to land in Kathmandu due to problems and adverse weather conditions will now be able to land safely in Bhairahawa.

A team of experts from Aeronautical Radio Thailand (AeroThai) has already arrived in Nepal to prepare for a mechanical test flight (calibration flight) to check whether the new airport is technically sound or not.

The construction work of the physical infrastructure of the airport was completed by the Chinese company Northwest Civil Aviation Construction Group.

A team of experts from AeroThai will perform the calibration flight to find out if the flight equipment is working.

According to airport officials, the calibration and test flight will be completed within a month. ”A team of experts from AeroThai is working to commission the airport on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti,” the officials informed.

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