Construction of new departure hall at TIA completed
Kathmandu, April 25
Even though the country is in a lockdown to stop the possible spread of the coronavirus, renovation and construction works at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) — the country’s sole international airport — are being carried out in a consistent manner. Among such aforementioned works being carried out at the international terminal building, construction of new sterile departure hall has been completed so far. Upon completion of the new hall, the older hall is being demolished now, said Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA).
“The old departure hall is being demolished and that area will be used for the expansion of the existing international apron area of the airport,” he said. “After this expansion, the parking area will be less congested.”
Further talks are being held related to the expansion of both the international and domestic terminal buildings.
Meanwhile, construction of parking bay and works related to expansion of the runway are also likely to be completed within a month. Prior to this, construction of taxiway, taxiway-runway link road rehabilitation, and installation of runway centreline light had been completed. Meanwhile, renovation of the international terminal building has also been completed so far.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) had started the TIA expansion project in November, 2017 dividing the work into three packages — NCB 01 runway extension, NCB 02 international terminal building expansion and NCB 03 utility works. As per CAAN, all works are going on simultaneously.
Taking advantage of the lockdown, the construction and renovation of TIA as well as the Gautam Buddha International Airport and Pokhara International Airport are being carried out.
Before the lockdown, around 400 flights were being operated from TIA every day, however due to the flight suspension only cargo and repatriation flights are being operated at the moment.
A version of this article appears in e-paper on April 26, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.