Kathmandu, January 11
The Tribhuvan International Airport says it is expanding its nighttime service in domestic flights to tackle air traffic congestion.
According to TIA officials, top airline companies including Buddha, Yeti and Shree will fly upto 25 aircraft from the airport between 6 pm and 9 pm everyday. Prior to this, domestic flights would stop after 6 pm.
“Air traffic congestion during the day is quite high, which is why you see a lot of domestic flights being delayed. The evening flights will be beneficial for the passengers as they will not have to wait for longer duration at the airport,” shares TIA General Manager Raj Kumar Chhetri.
The airport has started 10 to 12 flights in the evening, which mostly go to destination in the Terai region like Simara, Biratnagar, Bhairawa, Dhangadhi and Nepalgunj as these airports have a proper lighting system.
There are plans to operate evening flights to Chandragadhi and Janakpur after upgrading the facilities at the airport.
Chhetri also adds that fewer flights during the day mean that it would be easier to manage the air traffic.