New runway for Nepal’s only international airport

The first jet aircraft landed at Tribhuvan in 1967 and regular jet operations commenced in 1972.

Nepal’s only international airport has kicked-off its reconstruction project of its runway .

The current runway at Tribhuvan was built in 1975. The airport is  located in the Kathmandu Valley about 5 kilometres from the city center of Kathmandu.

According to local media, the Chinese company China National Aero-technology International Engineering Corporation (CATIC) is the contractor of the Rs 3.75 billion (34.17 million U.S. dollar) project.

Nepal aims to attract 2 million foreign tourists in the country in 2020.

Sanjiv Gautam, director general at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, said “After the rehabilitation program, it will help us to enhance our safety level, it will increase our capacity and it will help us to have a smooth operation.”

Following the immense pressure in runway especially after the earthquake of 2015 and considering the upcoming Visit Nepal Year 2020, the government came up with the upgrade plan, according to the officials.

The first jet aircraft landed at Tribhuvan in 1967 and regular jet operations commenced in 1972.