There are many disadvantages and losses during lockdown but sometimes it can be converted as an opportunity for some work. By utilizing this vacant time Kathmandu valley has decorated the road already and now the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is going to add more facilities with new looks. TIA management has improved the facilities of both domestic and international terminals to help maintain social distancing and hygiene at the airport.
According to Dev Chandra Lal Karna, spokesperson for TIA, the 3,000 meter runway has been extended to 3,300 meters. Similarly, construction of a parking bay and new departure boarding gates has been completed. At the same time immigration area has also been renovated and parking bays have been increased to 13 from nine. Likewise, six new departure boarding gates have also been completed, while the old departure lounge area has been demolished.
By this new system and facility, passengers will be able to walk directly to the parking area after claiming t
heir baggage at the international terminal. TIA is also planning to introduce new entry arriving passengers with health desk facilities. Meanwhile, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection, the TIA management is putting in place safety measures to operate flights after the lockdown. TIA is implementing safety and hygiene measures at the airport on the basis of the World Health Organization. In this regard, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has also prepared a new guideline for flight operation after the lockdown.
Currently the government has suspended all international and domestic flights till May 31. During this time only rescue flights, freight flights and flights related to transport of medical and other essential supplies are being conducted. Domestic helicopter movement has also been eased by the government for emergency and cargo flights.