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December 16, 2022

Pokhara Regional Int’l Airport flyable now

Kathmandu: Pokhara Regional International Airport has become ready for international flights. With the positive report of the mechanical test flight “Calibration Flight” recently conducted at the airport, the airport has become ready for international flights.

Now the final preparations have been made for the operation of the airport. Spokesman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Jagannath Niraula informed that the report of the mechanical test flight was positive.

He said, “The report of the calibration flight has arrived, everything in the report is good. The ‘information’ of the report will be published soon.”

According to spokesperson Niraula, the mechanical test report will be published in ‘Aeronautical Information Publication’  after approval by CAAN. Based on the report, it is said that the international airline company will get the information that the airport is ready for flights in all respects and they can fly to Pokhara destination.

Aerothai company’s ship successfully conducted a mechanical test flight from December 5 to 11. The mechanical flight is done to test whether the communication equipment connected to the airport is working or not.

According to CAAN, air traffic controllers, towers, runways, and communication equipment connected to the airport at Pokhara Airport were tested through mechanical flight.

It is an international practice that commercial flights are conducted only after the mechanical tests are successful. CAAN has already announced that it will operate commercial flights at Pokhara Airport from December 17. With Pokhara Airport, which is a project of national pride, becoming operational, the number of international airports in the country has reached three.

After 71 years of operation at Tribhuvan International Airport, Gautam Buddha International Airport at Bhairahawa in Rupandehi was put into operation as the second international airport in the country.

Seven months later, Pokhara Regional International Airport became operational. Buddha Air is making necessary preparations for the first international flight from the newly built Pokhara Regional International Airport.

The company has planned to fly from Pokhara to Banaras, Delhi, and Dehradun in India. 11 small and big ships can be parked at the airport. There are 48 daily domestic flights and 6 international flights. The airport has the capacity to serve eight million passengers annually.

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