Tuesday, June 18, 2019

TIA to resume 21-hour operation from July

Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) is preparing to resume operation for 21-hours-a-day from next month as the runway rehabilitation project is going to be completed before the deadline of June 30.
Currently, the airport is closed for 10 hours every day from 10:00 pm to 8:00am for runway rehabilitation work, according to the general manager of TIA Raj Kumar Chhetri. “The rehabilitation work will be finished within 10 days,” he said, adding that a final phase of rehabilitation work is going on at the moment. “Considering the speed of the current work, it is likely to be completed within 10 days.”
China National Aero-technology International Engineering Corporation is rehabilitating the runway of TIA, at present. After completing the runway rehabilitation, the notice to airmen (NOTAM) will be removed and TIA will begin the construction of taxiway and parking bays from September 1.
The two new parking bays constructed on eastern side of TIA have already been inaugurated on June 2. The parking bays have a capacity of two wide-body aircraft and one ATR-72 plane. But remaining two parking bays – with the capacity to accommodate two wide-body aircraft – will be constructed on the southern side of the airport from September 1. It is targeted to be completed by December 31.
The TIA that has been facing congestion with around 400 flights – including 100 international flights –being operated from TIA every day will have less congestion after the upgradation.
Though, the runway of an international airport needs to be renovated every 10 years – according to the international practice – the TIA runway is getting renovated for the first time since its construction.

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