TIA transformation far from complete


, January 20

Even though Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai had and again announced that the (TIA) would be transformed into the country’s first by January 1 targeting the Visit 2020 campaign, the airport is still under 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 .”

Meanwhile, changes are also being made in the domestic terminal building gradually, Karna added. He further said that installa

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