‘Air service most essential for landlocked country’

Kathmandu, December 7

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Ananda Prasad Pokharel, has said that air service was most essential for Nepal due to its landlockedness.

At a programme organised by the Civil Aviation Authority Nepal on the occasion of International Civil Aviation Day here today, Minister Pokharel pointed out the need of extending air services in the country.

He said, “The country has the single international airport. Transport will be smoother if airport of the international standard in Nijgadh, Pokhara and Lumbini are brought into operation.”

The tourism minister expressed the belief that nationality and sovereignty would also be strengthened if there would be maximum air services in the landlocked country.

Also Chairperson of the CIAA, Minister Pokharel said that it was necessary to construct airports in all 75 districts to make supply management smoother by enhancing quality of aircraft.

Separately, Minister Pokharel also said that services at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) should be made more credible and reliable. Minister Pokharel said so while hoisting a flag at the TIA today.

He said, “Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal is disciplined. Facilities of international standards should be provided at the TIA.”

Minister Pokharel added that the government was committed to increase investment in this sector and urged all to make its future bright by strengthening the existing structure.

The tourism minister said that all should be united to uplift the reputation of the TIA in the world.