AOAN slams decision to remove diesel buses from TIA



The Tribhuvan International Airport () plans to remove diesel ramp buses that are used to passengers to the aircraft and to the terminal building, and replace them with electric variants.

Based on the same decision, the Civil Aviation Authority of () has also sent letters to all the airlines to replace their vehicles with electric vehicles.

As mentioned in the letter, diesel buses will be removed and replaced by electric buses.

The CAAN has also directed the companies to submit a report of their existing vehicles, including pollution measurement of the existing buses, the number of seats in each vehicle, the year of purchase and the type of vehicle.

However, the airline operators have objected to the ’s decision.

Issuing a statement today, Airline Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) has said that it will be impossible to implement the plan to put additional burden on the airlines which are struggling just to recover from the losses induced due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Captain Rameshwar Thapa, president of the AOAN, said that the airlines that have lost more than Rs 17.50 billion till date due to the pandemic are in no position to shell out additional funds to purchase new electric buses.

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