Citing insufficient international flights, Kathmandu airport shortening operating hours

File image: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu airport
File image: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Kathmandu, February 24

Citing the number of international flights from and to could not increase due to the unavailability of the passengers in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is shortening its daily operating hours.

Whereas the airport was operating for 21 hours every day until now, it will be reduced to 18 hours per day from March 28, according to the airport administration.

Although the movement of domestic flights is satisfactory, the number of international flights could not increase immediately, hence the working hours have reduced, informs the airport’s spokesperson Dev Chandra Lal Karna.

According to him, from March 28 onwards, the airport will shut from 12:30 am to 6:30 am every morning.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the country’s aviation regulator, has urged companies operating flights in these hours to choose different slots.

Entrepreneurs in Nepal have been blaming that the government’s unfavourable rules regarding the Covid-19 quarantine is the major reason for the low number of foreigners visiting Nepal, where the tourism industry was a pillar of the economy before the pandemic.

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