PROGRESS is being made in construction works at Nepal’s only international airport.
The current runway at Tribhuvan, which was built in 1975, is undergoing an extension programme. The work – which began last month – is being conducted by Chinese company China National Aero-technology International Engineering Corporation (CATIC) is the contractor of the 34 million U.S. dollar project.
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 airport is located in the Kathmandu Valley about 5 kilometres from the city center of Kathmandu.
Nepal aims to attract 2 million foreign tourists in the country in 2020.
The first jet aircraft landed at Tribhuvan in 1967 and regular jet operations commenced in 1972.