February 17, Lumbini: The calibration flight of Gautam Buddha International Airport will start on Friday. As soon as the calibration flight starts, the flight from Bhairahawa Airport will be stopped for the day.
Spokesperson of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Chandralal Karna informed that Thai Aero Thai will start flying for the mechanical test of the airport which is in the final stage of construction. During the calibration flight, the flight from Bhairahawa Airport will be completely halted from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm, said Karna.
He said that the flight of the airport had to be stopped as it had to be tested at the airport by flying at low altitudes. Up to 20 flights are operating daily at Bhairahawa Airport.NEA has given morning and evening flight times to make the passengers comfortable, but as there will be no calibration flight on Saturday, the flight will be resumed on the same day.
According to the authority, the calibration flight will be completed by February 27 and the regular flight will start after the test flight based on the subsequent report.After Tribhuvan International Airport, there will be Gautam Buddha International Airport for international flights.
The airport, which began construction in early 2015 to be completed by December 2017, was extended by five years due to the Corona epidemic and negligence on the part of the contractor.According to NEA, the project was constructed with a concessional loan from the Asian Development Bank and cost Rs 7.32 billion.The airport is 45 meters wide and 3,000 meters long runway.NEA has stated that the pressure at Tribhuvan International Airport will be reduced after the commencement of commercial flights at the airport.