The government is planning to build three advanced terminals at airports in Terai. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal will reportedly build terminal buildings at airports in Biratnagar, Nepalgunj, and Bharatpur within the current fiscal year 2079/80.
Jagannath Niraula, Acting Deputy Director General and Spokesperson of the Authority shared that the construction process of terminal buildings at Biratnagar, Nepalgunj, and Bharatpur Airports has started. He says that the authority published a notice to award a contract for the construction of a new tower terminal building at that airport.
Currently, the airports have over 50 years old terminal buildings which are not adept to the increased requirements. The number of seats and passengers has also increased, which has compelled the authority to build new terminals.
CAAN spokesman Niraula said that the airports are not spacious enough and the new terminals at airports in Terai will be big enough to also support commercial activities.
“Airport infrastructures at the airports in Terai are too old. The old terminals don’t make it feasible for passenger management and extend necessary airport services. This is why, we are building terminals at three airports,” Mr. Niraula shared.
Modern terminals at airports in Terai
The terminal construction will be a multi-year project and the government will invest its shares in the terminals. The terminals will cost the authority Rs 9 billion and will have conveyor belts.
There will be a facility for stores and clubs with air conditioning.
Mr. Niraula said that the terminals will be completed in 3 years. At the same time, CAAN is nearing the completion of terminals at the airport in Jumla, Tumlingtar, and Sanfebagar.
Nepal has 53 airports including three international airports. But only 33 are in operation while 20 are not in use despite being constructed.
Gautam Buddha International Airport and Tribhuwan International Airport are in use while Pokhara International Airport is set to board flights from January 1, 2023.
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