NEPALGUNJ: With the beginning of the pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar, the famous Shiva shrine in Tibet, China, and the closure of the Dhangadhi Airport for upgrading, the Nepalgunj Airport has been facing flight pressure in recent days.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAN) office, Nepalgunj, the airport is operating more than 40 flights a day from Kathmandu and to the districts of the hilly area.
Prem Nath Thakur, chief of CAAN Nepalgunj, said that the increase in the flights was due to the closure of the Dhangadhi Airport and the arrival of the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage season.
After the closure of the Dhangadhi Airport, 10 regular flights have been operating from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
“Owing to the increased flights and limited human resources, we are facing problem in managing flights,” he said.
Binit Shah, chief of Buddha Air at Nepalgunj, said that the airline is operating four flights daily in the Nepalgunj-Kathmandu route. Earlier, it was operating only three flights a day.
“We were operating daily two flights from Dhangadhi. Now these flights have also been diverted to Nepalgunj,” he said.
Similarly, Shree Air, Yeti Air and Nepal Airlines are also operating daily three flights, two flights and one flight respectively in the Nepalgunj-Kathmandu route.
“We have added one flight each day in the Nepalgunj-Kathmandu route after the closure of the Dhangadhi Airport,” said Parshuram Chaudhary, chief of Shree Airlines, Nepalgunj office.
The Yeti airline is also planning to add one additional flight in the route owing to increase in the number of its aircraft.
Besides, more than 30 daily flights are now operating from Nepalgunj to the hilly districts. Most of the flights are to Humla to serve the pilgrims of Kailash Mansarovar.
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