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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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Over 500,000 tourists visit Nepal in first 6 months





KATHMANDU — As many as 520,000 tourists visited the country in the first six months of the year 2018.

This is 13 per cent increment in tourist arrivals compared to the number of tourists visiting the country during the corresponding period last year, according to the Department of Immigration.

During the same period last year, a total of 460,304 foreign tourists had visited the country. The data shows that tourist arrivals were encouraging even during the rainy season. It may be noted that Nepal Tourism Board held tourism promotional programs aimed at attracting more tourists to Nepal.

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NTB Chief Executive Officer Deepak Raj Joshi said increase in the number of foreigners even during off season was good news for tourism entrepreneurs. The contribution of the private sector to the country’s tourism cannot be ignored, he added.

The latest data shows that 96,372 Indian tourists visited Nepal in the period while the number of Chinese was 71,379. The number of tourists from the United States of America was 43,816, while the number Japanese tourists stood at 13, 851.

Nepal welcomed tourists especially from South Asia and European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, among others.

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