Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport will again be shut for seven hours daily till December from today onwards (1st September, 2019) for restoration of the taxiway. Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal. This plan was immediately followed after the runway was reformed. The runway and the taxiway of this Airport is the combined project of Rs. 3.78 billion.
According to the Airport Authority, the airport has the plans to open it for 24/7 since the year 1949. As of now, Tribhuvan International Airport will reduce the number of flights for about four months till December 31 from 11:30 P.M. to 6:30 A.M. All the international airlines have been duly informed by the Airport Authority of Tribhuvan International Airport to reschedule the flight timings in order to avoid any kind of inconveniences. But the airport will be exclusively opened for about half an hour for the flights to Osaka, Japan.
The latest strengthening of the pavements of taxiway and runway was done in 1995. There were the issues of frequent cracks in the pavements. Hence, the aircraft weighing more than 196 tons were barred in order to prevent any further damage to the runway. This affected the operations of flights and hence, under extreme pressure for the safety issues, the runway was renovated. Due to this, the air traffic of Tribhuvan International Airport has increased significantly since 2004.
The renovation of runway of Tribhuvan International Airport was covered with a new layer of Asphalt and it was completed by June 30, 2019. It is about 3,050 meter long and is presently operational for 21 hours daily. And this taxiway, about 1,950 meter long, has been undergoing problems in the pavements. As soon as the renovation of the taxiway will be completed, the Airport will start providing the services for 24/7 as it was planned. The renovation should be completed by the autumn season as it is the peak season for tourists to visit the country.
Author: Step On Himalaya
Date: 1st September, 2019