Nepal’s sole international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), will be operational for 21 hours a day starting from May 21, 2018.
TIA Civil Aviation Office has stated that needful preparation has already begun to extend the airport’s operational hour. “TIA has been in operation for 18 hours a day since long. Now, we have decided to extend operation hours by three hours to 21 hours a day,” Rajkumar Chhetri, general manager of TIA, told Republica.
As many as 28 international airline companies from 14 different countries are operating more than 90 flights a day at TIA at present. Similarly, domestic airlines are operating more than 350 flights a day from and to TIA.
Currently, the airport is in operation from 6 am till 12:30 pm.
According to My Republica, from May 21 onwards, the airport will open from 6 am till 3 am. “The airport will be closed for only three hours - 3 am to 6 am,” Chhetri said, “We are putting our full efforts to implement this decision effectively.”
Chhetri, however, said that proper coordination of different agencies is needed to extend operation hours of the airport. “Human resource is a major problem. We have already started preparation to address this problem,” Chhetri said.
Immigration, security agencies and customs are directly related to operation of the international airport.
The stakeholders started needful preparation right after Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari included a plan to operate the airport for at least 21 hours a day in his 100-day work plan.
“We are ready to pay more incentive to staffers ranging from like Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) to electricians,” Chhetri said adding, “We are in regular discussion with other agencies as well.