Nepal | March 30, 2020

Domestic airports resume operations

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, July 14

Domestic flights to and from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) are back in regular operation from this afternoon. Flight operation from various domestic airports including the country’s sole international airport — TIA — was affected due to the continuous rainfall for the last three days.

Due to the incessant rainfall passengers were stranded at different domestic airports across the country. As visibility has now improved slightly flights are operating as per their regular schedule, said Pratap Babu Tiwari, spokesperson for TIA.

The flights are gradually covering up their schedule, he said.

“Till this morning flights from and to TIA were affected slightly, however in the afternoon operations were regular,” Tiwari said. Meanwhile, international flights were being operated regularly despite the continuous rainfall.

However, a few domestic airports in the mountainous region and Tarai region are still to resume operations.

As per TIA, flights from Lukla, Rumjatar and Lamidanda along with Janakpur, Simara and Chandragadhi are still to resume regular services.

Likewise, as per the Civil Aviation office (CAO) of the Nepalgunj airport, except for Jumla, Bajura and Dolpa flights to other destinations have been halted till today. Flights are expected to resume from Monday.

Meanwhile, a few passengers who had been stranded at the Nepalgunj airport for the last three days have been flown to their respective destinations while others have been accommodated at nearby hotels, as per the CAO Nepalgunj.

Earlier, on July 12 an aircraft of Yeti Airlines had skidded off the runway at TIA due to the heavy rainfall.

After that, all international and domestic flights to and from TIA were halted for almost eight hours.

However, after 7:30pm on the same day international flights had started regular services while domestic flights were slightly affected till this morning.

Currently, a total of 33 domestic airports out of the 49 are providing regular services.


A version of this article appears in print on July 15, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


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