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Tara Air conducts successful test flight at Ilam’s Sukilumba Airport

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ILAM — Tara Air has successfully conducted test light at Falgunanda Sukilumba Airport in Ilam, on Monday after sixteen years since the process began for its construction.

The 19-seater Twin Otter aircraft belonging to Tara Air bound for Ilam from Kathmandu touched down the airport around 11:57 am Monday morning.

The plane took at least one hour and two minutes to reach the Sukilumba Airport in Ilam from Kathmandu, according Tara Air.

Former Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal had laid the foundation stone for the construction in March 27, 2011, around 10 years after the process had begun.

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is planning to blacktop the gravel runway in the next fiscal year. According to CAAN, Rs 180 million has been spent for the construction of the airport so far. Rs 170 million was allotted for the construction of the runway and roadway in lower level of the airport in the current fiscal year.

CAAN estimates that Rs 150 million would be required for blacktopping the runway along with sewer construction.

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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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