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Buddha Air conducts successful Surkhet-Kathmandu test flight

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SURKHET — Buddha Air has conducted successfully conducted a test frilght from Surkhet to Kathmandu on Wednesday. Surkhet is the capital of Karnali province.

A 47-seat aircraft with call sign 80 R 42 conducted direct Surkhet-Kathmandu test flight, said Chief of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Surkhet, Binod Kumar Panta.

He said, “Although the aircraft conducted successful Surkhet-Kathmandu test flight, it is still to receive its report.”

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Senior officer Bidhya Shah said that the aircraft made the flight at 11:00 am from Surkhet. Shah said probably Surkhet-Kathmandu regular flight would begin from April 14.

Locals of Karnali province had demanded with provincial government for operation of Surkhet-Kathmandu flight.

Keeping the demand of Karnali province folks in mind, Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi drew the attention of the federal government for the same as well as held meetings with private airlines companies.

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TIA to operate services for 21 hrs daily from upcoming mid-May

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the only international airport in the country, would be operated for 21 hours daily.

In an interaction organized by the Nepal Tourism Infrastructure Development Council here in the Ministry on Tuesday, Minister Adhikari shared that the Ministry was preparing to operate the TIA for 21 hours daily from upcoming mid-May.

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He added that the move was targeted to lessen air traffic pressure as the TIA is facing acute air traffic pressure as of late.

He added that though he was planning to operate 24 hours services in the TIA, it takes time to this effect. He also shared that night flights currently available from Kathmandu to Dangadhi will be extended to Bhadrapur of Jhapa in the near future.

Experts in tourism and culture sectors suggested Minister Adhikari to adopt effective plans and programmes for the development of these sectors.

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