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Shree Airlines successfully conduct test flight in Rajbiraj airport

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RAJBIRAJ — Shree Airlines has successfully conducted test fligt in Rajburaj airport on Wednesday with its 50-seater CRJ-200 aircraft.

Rajbiraj Airport, which has been remained close for 11-years due to poor condition of the runway, resumed its operation with Shree’s trial flight.

Captain DR Niroula of Shree’s safety department along with other instructor pilots — Captain Prajwol Adhikari, Rajesh Shrestha — flew the aircraft. They said there were no issues posing threats to daily commercial flights.

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The airport was inaugurated by erstwhile transportation minister Ganesh Man Singh in 1959. Flights were disrupted several times due to lack of black topped runway and the airport halted all the flights from 2007.

The airport will now take at least four weeks to host regular commercial flights as there are unfinished works at ATC tower and terminal.

The 1,500-metre-long and 30-metre-wide runway, 90-metre-long and 60-metre-wide apron and 110-metre-long and 20-metre-wide taxiway have been already blacktopped.

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Tourist arrivals up by 34pc as season kicks off

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KATHMANDU — The inflow of foreign tourists in Nepal has increased by 33.8 per cent to 91,820 international visitors in arrivals in September, according to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The country has received 91,820 foreign visitors in September,thanks to strong growth from India and China, according to a press statement issued by NTB.

Nepal has four main seasons — spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Autumn, which falls between September an November, is the best season to visit the Himalayan nation as the skies are clear giving stunning views of the Himalayan peaks.

Tourist arrivals from India grew by 96 per cent in September in comparison to the same period in 2017 while visitor arrivals from China has continued to soar with an exponential growth of 55 per cent in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

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Likewise, arrivals from Sri Lanka surged by 57.1 per cent. The overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a sturdy growth of 52.8 per cent over the same month last year.

Likewise, arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC) have also recorded robust growth of 42.6 per cent. The number of visitors from Japan and South Korea has also increased by 8.9 per cent and 9.2 per cent, respectively.

The European markets generated 66.3 percent more visitors in September this year. Arrivals from Germany and France swelled 30.9 percent and 19 percent respectively.

However, New Zealand and Australia witnessed a decline of 9 percent and 4 percent compared to the 2017 figure. The number of visitors from the US and Canada also dropped 9 percent and 2 percent respectively in September.

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