Govt to open Kathmandu boutique airport and Visit Nepal 2020 campaign on the same day

Yogesh Bhattarai assumes office as the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

Kathmandu, August 12

The government has set a deadline of January 1 next year to complete transforming the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu into a boutique airport. The government plans to inaugurate the transformed boutique airport and the ambitious Visit Nepal 2020 campaign on the New Year day.

New Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has directed concerned authorities to complete preparations for the both before the New Year.

The government has allocated Rs 230 million for transforming the airport whereas the Nepal Tourism Board is announcing its annual budget of over Rs 1.75 billion this week, prioritising the Visit Nepal programme.

Meanwhile, the minister directed the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal to study if airline companies can be given concessions on navigation fees after 12 am so as to reduce the traffic pressure in the daytime.

Minister Bhattarai also directed the officials to establish a dedicated immigration counter for Nepali students going abroad for study, according to the sources.

Published on August 12th, Monday, 2019 3:53 PM

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