The new airport in Pokhara will begin operating domestic flights in January and international flights in April
Authorities in Pokhara, Nepal’s tourism capital, have announced that aircraft would begin flying there in January 2022 at the newly constructed airport.
Although the Pokhara Airport will eventually serve as Nepal’s next international airport, the facility will initially exclusively serve domestic aircraft until further notice. After a few months, international flights will begin to be offered.
In a statement, Bikram Gautam, the coordinator of a task group formed to prepare for the airport’s operation, said his team has advised that the new airport be officially opened on the occasion of the next New Year’s Day (January 1, 2021). Additionally, according to Gautam, the government has been advised to begin operating international flights in April of 2019.
According to him, the team has planned to start with international flights to four destinations: New Delhi, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Doha, with the possibility of expanding to more.
“We want to be able to provide safety measures and facilities that meet international standards here.”
While this was going on, a delegation lead by Gandaki Chief Minister Krishna Chandra Nepali Pokharel met with airport authorities on Wednesday last week to assess the progress being made in preparing for the airport’s operation.