Nepal’s sole international airport will operate flights 21 hrs a day from mid-May

File: Rabindra Adhikari

Kathmandu, April 17

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari says Nepal’s sole international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, will come into operation for 21 hours a day from the third week of May this year.

Adhikari says he wants the airport to run round the clock. However, it is not immediately possible, therefore attempts will be made for its gradual improvement.

With an increase in the number of flights, the airport has been frequently facing air traffic congestion of late. The inability to operate flights full time has worsened the situation.

Therefore, Adhikari says he will consult an experts’ team for air space management.

In an interaction with tourism experts and entrepreneurs in Kathmandu today, the Minister said he would introduce a plan to promote the country’s tourism industry so that it could contribute around 25 per cent to the gross domestic product. Currently, the industry contributes 2.8 per cent to the GDP.

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