Pokhara’s new airport to operate domestic flights from January, international ones from April

File: Under-construction Pokhara Airport
File: Under-construction Pokhara Airport

Pokhara, October 3

The newly constructed airport in Pokhara, Nepal’s tourism capital, will begin operating flights in January 2022, say officials.

Whereas the Pokhara Airport will be Nepal’s next international airport in the future, initially, the facility will operate domestic flights only. International flights will be operated after a few months.

Bikram Gautam, the coordinator of a task force formed to prepare the airport’s operation, says his team has recommended opening the new airport on the occasion of the next New Year (January 1, 2021). Likewise, the government has been recommended to operate international flights from April, informs Gautam.

The team has proposed operating international flights to four destinations–New Delhi, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Doha–initially, according to him.

“We hope we can provide international-standard safety measures and facilities here.”

Meanwhile, a delegation led by Gandaki Chief Minister Krishna Chandra Nepali Pokharel met airport officials on Wednesday last week to take stock of preparations for the airport operation.

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