November 14: The under-construction ‘Remote Parking Bay’ to the southern part of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) will come into operation within two months, airport officials said.
Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is constructing two remote parking bays at the airport at a cost of Rs 1.6 billion from the Airport Development Fund. Airport authorities believe that the operation of the remote parking bays will ease traffic congestion at the airport.
The other remote parking bay to the north east side of the airport has already come into operation this summer
CAAN said it decided to add these new structures to increase the capacity of the airport.
The airport management informed that the bay at the southern part of the airport was supposed to be ready a month ago but it got delayed due to the problems in supply of construction materials.
The international terminal of TIA has the capacity to park 11 aircraft with the operation of the northern parking bay. Both the parking bays can accommodate two wide-body aircraft and three small aircraft.
“At present, we are compelled to hold the aircraft in air due to lack of parking space,” said Rajan Pokharel, Managing Director of CAAN.
“This problem will be solved to some extent after the other remote parking bay comes into operation,” he added.