Kathmandu. After 74 years of operation of Tribhuvan International Airport, another new international airport has come into operation in the country.
The prestigious Gautam Buddha International Airport constructed in Bhairahawa (Rupendehi) as a project of national pride has come into operation on April 21.
Engineer Pradip Adhikari, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the regulatory body, informed that the new runway of Gautam Buddha International Airport has been formally inaugurated.
He said, “The second international airport has come into operation properly. This is a milestone in the 74-year history of the civil aviation sector. Special thanks to all those, directly and indirectly, involved in the project. ”
The Director-General informed that the old 1,500-meter long runway of the airport has been closed and a new 3,000-meter long runway has been opened to the international side.
Even though the runway of Gautam Buddha International Airport is operational, the international flight will start on the day of Buddha Jayanti on May 16.
Jazeera Air has made all preparations for international flights at this airport. So far, Jazira has formally obtained permission. Other airlines are also contacting.
The airport is confident that other airlines will also fly soon. Narrowbody and widebody ships will land at Gautam Buddha Airport. A mechanical test flight (calibration flight) has been completed at this airport.
The commercial operation of Gautam Buddha Airport, a project of national pride, is a new leap in the history of aviation in the country, say the concerned officials.
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