Kathmandu, January 20
Even though Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai had time and again announced that the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) would be transformed into the country’s first boutique airport by January 1 targeting the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, the airport is still under construction phase.
Till date, only a big statue of Lord Buddha at the arrival lounge has been inaugurated and the country’s sole international airport, which is the gateway for international flight arrivals, is yet to be ready for VN 2020.
There is still uncertainty on when the interior works of the international terminal building and other renovation works will be completed.
According to Deo Chandra Lal Karna, spokesperson for TIA, almost 90 per cent of the work has been completed so far. “As per our plan to upgrade TIA into a boutique airport, some works are remaining in the international terminal building,” he said. “Most of the works have been completed and TIA has witnessed immense changes in the recent days.”
According to him, renovation of counters in the departure area of the international terminal building is underway at the moment. “We are renovating check-in counters, baggage clearance area as well as changing the area of x-ray machine at the moment,” he said, adding, “Works are running smoothly based on our terminal building expansion project.”
Meanwhile, changes are also being made in the domestic terminal building gradually, Karna added. He further said that installa