Bad weather briefly shuts Kathmandu airport

File: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Kathmandu, January 27

The management team of Nepal’s sole international airport says it was compelled to defer all flights scheduled to land at and take off the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for around two hours on Sunday morning owing to low visibility.

The airport administration informs that it had diverted incoming aeroplanes conducting domestic flights to nearby airports whereas flights from the nearby airports were postponed.

The international flights were put on hold for a time being.

However, the operation has resumed after around 10 am.

Chief of Air Traffic Control at the TIA, Sitaram Bhandari, tells the government news agency, Rastriya Samachar Samiti, that the visibility was restricted to as low as 1,000 metres this morning.

Taking off is possible with 800 metre visibility for international flights but landing would require between 1600 to 3200 metres, depending on the nature of aircraft, Bhandari adds.

For domestic flights, 1600 meters is the minimum requirement.


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