KATHMANDU, APRIL 8
Domestic flights at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) have been interrupted for the past four days owing to bad weather condition, officials at the airport said. The international flights, however, remain unaffected.
Some domestic flights to destinations like Pokhara, Janakpur and Simara from TIA have been affected as a result of low visibility due to dense smog, in Kathmandu valley, said General Manager at the airport Pratap Babu Tiwari. The night flights have been operating as it should.
As per the data shared by TIA, out of 112 domestic flights of different airlines scheduled on Wednesday, only 95 flights took place. Twelve flights were cancelled and five had to be merged. There were as many as 9,824 people travelling by these flights.
Similarly, on Tuesday, as many as 28 flights were cancelled; 30 were cancelled on Monday.
Although the environment remained hazy for three days, the sky in Kathmandu is comparatively clearer today. TIA General Manager Tiwari said, the visibility seems better in the absence of thick haze. According to him, flights are operating regularly from airports across the country, except from Pokhara.
Apart from the haze, the Meteorological Forecasting Division shared that there is a partial influence of local wind and the westerly wind in the country at present, in addition to the influence of low atmospheric pressure system that has developed south of Nepal.
The weather is partly to generally cloudy in the hilly regions of the country and partly cloudy in rest of the places today. The Division shared that the hazy condition is likely to continue in some areas of the country.
There are chances of light rain accompanied by thunder and lightning in few places of the hilly region in Province 1 and at one or two places of the hilly region of the rest of the provinces towards the afternoon.
Kathmandu Valley recorded a minimum temperature of 13 degrees Celsius and maximum of 28.8 degrees Celsius today, the Division said.
The lowest minimum temperature was recorded in Jumla at 3.2 degrees Celsius while the highest was recorded in Nepalgunj at 37.6 degrees Celsius.