Kathmandu, September 18
Incessant rainfall since Tuesday affected the domestic flights today also.
Although the international flights had also been affected on Tuesday, the poor weather only affected the domestic flights today. Low visibility due to continuous rain affected the flights to Lukla, Pokhara, Dhangadhi, Nepalgunj and Tumlingtar from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
According to the TIA, all the flights to Lukla and Tumlingtar were cancelled today.
However, the three helicopters that made night stop at Ramechhap on Tuesday due to the bad weather arrived at TIA this morning.
One chopper each of Simrik Air, Shree Air and Summit Air had made night stop at Ramechhap airport after being unable to land at TIA yesterday.
As stated by the TIA, all morning flights scheduled for Pokhara were operated smoothly, but the afternoon flights were affected owing to low visibility.
While a few flights to Pokhara got delayed, others were cancelled.
Flights scheduled for Nepalgunj were able to take off only late in the afternoon after the weather conditions improved, while the flights scheduled for Dhangadhi were operated in the morning only. All the flights scheduled for Dhangadhi from and to TIA in the afternoon got cancelled due to the rainfall.
Meanwhile, several other flights to different destinations were delayed.
TIA records an average of 400 daily flights, including domestic and international.
Currently, there are around 29 international airline companies and three Nepali airline companies conducting international flights from TIA.
Meanwhile, nine fixed-wing domestic scheduled air service providers and 10 helicopter operators have been conducting regular flights to various domestic destinations from TIA.
A version of this article appears in print on September 19, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.