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After TIA crisis‚ PM urges for 2nd int’l airport

KATHMANDU: After two and half days of the incident, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala expressed his concern over crass-landing of the Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

The Prime Minister also directed concerned authorities to expedite works for an alternative international airport considering inconveniences faced by passengers after the crash-landing, PM’s press coordinator Prakash Adhikari said in a press statement this evening.

The only international airport of Nepal, TIA’s runway is 10,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, while a total of nine medium and wide body category aircraft can stand in its apron.

Koirala has thanked all mechanisms and officials including the Indian Air Force team for their efforts to remove the aircraft from the grassland between runway and taxiway in order to resume the operation.

Adhikari added that Koirala has drawn attention of concerned authorities to ensure psychological and physical safety of passengers and crew members as per standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

“He has also directed the concerned ministry to provide facilities as per international rules to all the passengers stranded due to the flight halt,” claimed Adhikari.

The Prime Minister is for clearing the runway and resuming all flights at the earliest, he added.

Following the accident, the TIA has been halting all international flights. The latest notice says the flights have been cancelled till 10 am tomorrow. However, it is likely that the Airport may extend it.

Thousands of passengers scheduled to leave for various destinations are stranded at the airport following the incident.

The Airbus had skidded off the runway and crash-landed at grassland at the TIA on Wednesday morning.

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