May 16, Lumbini: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba inaugurated the Gautam Buddha international airport on Monday morning now the second international airport has come into operation in the country.

Now, along with Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, Gautam Buddha International Airport on Bhairawaha will also be operational 24 hours a day.

The airport has a 3,000-meter runway with aviation equipment ILS required for flight safety. The Boeing 777, Airbus 330, and widebody aircraft of the same capacity can land at this airport.

Before the inauguration of the airport, an Airbus 320 of Jazeera Airlines, which was on a commercial flight from Kuwait to Gautam Buddha International Airport, landed at 7:08 am Nepal time. All passengers on the Jazeera Airlines flight were welcomed at the airport.

Jazeera Airlines has started flights from Monday as per its schedule with permission to operate three flights a week.

Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Prem Bahadur Ale said that airport service charges would be waived to attract various international airlines to the airport.

The airport will operate commercial flights starting June 12.