The new 3,000-metre runway at Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa will be brought into operation from April 21.

Until now, the 1,500-metre runaway was operative at the second international airport. Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prem Bahadur Ale recently instructed the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal to operate the new runway at the earliest.

The minister also instructed the authorities to make arrangements to run the airport round-the-clock, informed CAAN Director-General Pradeep Kumar Adhikari.

The airport will operate international flights from May 16, coinciding with Buddha Purnima, according to Adhikari.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 18, 2022, of The Himalayan Times