Minister moots packages to improve TIA slot management

File image: Tribhuvan International Airport

Kathmandu, September 22

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai says he is planning to introduce different packages for airline companies so that they would launch flights at Tribhuvan International Airport in ‘unfavourable’ time slots also.

The minister hopes that the initiatives would end an imbalance in the number of flights at the country’s international airport and minimise traffic jam in busy hours. Currently, the airport remains busiest around 8 am-9 am and 8 pm-11 pm. However, the flights are scarce between 5 pm and 8 pm.

“I found that the lack of scientific slot management has created problems at the airport,” he says, “But now, we will introduce packages to woo airline companies to the empty slots.” The minister says the international airport will be able to serve three million more tourists every year once management reforms are implemented. Currently, the airport serves around five million passengers every year.

Bhattarai claims his packages will also contribute to the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign.

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