The announcement regarding the same has been made by Nepal’s Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Prem Ale. As per the reports, the new airport will be named as Gautam Buddha International Airport, and will begin its operations from May 26, the day which marks the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. The new airport is under construction in the Bhairahawa region of Western Nepal.
During his airport inspection, the Minister said, “All international flights can take off and land at the Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) from May 26, the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.”
Earlier, in case of a technical problem in any plane flying in the Nepali sky, the planes had to be diverted to Kathmandu in an emergency situation. This second airport is all set to change that very soon. As of now, Nepal only has Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for an emergency landing.
Arrangements for operations required for an emergency landing as per the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards have been made at the new airport. Thus, planes that cannot land in Kathmandu because of adverse weather, will now be able to land safely in Bhairahawa.
An expert team of Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (AeroThai) has arrived in Nepal for a mechanical test flight to verify whether the new airport is technically sound or not. The team of experts will fly the calibration flight and see if the flight equipment is working.
“A team of AeroThai experts is working to bring the airport into operation on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti,” informed airport officials. As per the reports, the calibration and test flight will be carried out within a month.