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Nepal’s international airports to operate 24 hours, domestic ones up to 18

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

Kathmandu, April 22

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has decided to operate the country’s two international airports–including the second one coming into operation next month–round the clock.

Likewise, it has decided to operate domestic airports for up to 18 hours a day.

The airport operation time was curtailed in 2020 following travel restrictions triggered by the Covid crisis. However, as the impacts of the pandemic are on the wane now, the authority has decided to resume full-fledged operations.

Whereas Kathmandu’s international airport will be operated for 24 hours soon, the new Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa will operate round the clock from day 1, according to the authority’s Director-General Pradeep Adhikari.

Likewise, domestic terminals in Kathmandu and Bhairahawa and six other domestic airports will operate for 18 hours (6 am to 12 am) as they are capable of conducting nighttime flights. These six airports include those in Bhadrapur, Biratnagar, Janakpur, Simara, Nepalgunj and Dhangadhi.

Other domestic airports will fix their operation times as per their need.

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