Kathmandu: Gautam Buddha International Airport is to start domestic flights with effect from April 21 and international flights on its new runway from May 16, 2022.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is reported to have started all preparations to start operations of the airport under the directive of Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation Prem Bahadur Ale Magar.
Tourism Minister Ale’s directive to operate the airport comes in the wake of decreased risk of Covid-19
The CAAN Director General Pradeep Kumar Adhikari also confirmed that preparations are underway to close down the old 500-meter-long runway and start landing and taking off flights from the newly-built runway which is 3,000-meter long.
Adhikari divulged that five airlines including Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines, Shree Airlines, Guna Airlines, and Saurya Airlines will start domestic flights on the new runway.
The international flights to and from the new airport will be starting on May 16 on the occasion of the Buddha Jayanti.
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