A total budget of 19.42 billion allocated for building and renovating Nepalese Airports !!!
Yuba Raj Khatiwada, the finance minister of Nepal unveiling the fiscal year 2020/2021's budget stated that, the government has been successful in managing the budget to bring Gautam Budhha International Airport into operation and constructing the required infrastructures on the airport premises.
The government of Nepal has further allocated a total budget Rs 19.42 billion for constructing and upgrading the international airports in Nepal. The allocated amount will be used for upgrading the TIA, the international terminal building of TIA and also for constructing Pokhara Regional International Airport.
The GBIA and Pokhara Airport have seen a significant progress and are expected to be in operation soon. As national pride projects, government has been engaged in these projects for their timely completion. Aslo, the construction of quality air infrastructures for safe, regular and credible air services have been prioritized by the government for the fiscal year 2020/21.
This budget will be further utilized to shift settlements for Nijgadh International Airport's construction and a circuit on its premises.
Budget has also been allocated for the expansion of international air service as well asinter provincial air connectivity . Airports in Surkhet and Bhadrapur will be upgraded as provincial airports for expanding inter provincial air connectivity. Furthermore, new terminals will be constructed in Biratnagar and Nepalgunj. Also, at Dang and Terhathum construction of domestic airports will be started this year.
Also for improving and upgrading the airpots in Chandragadhi, Dhangadhi and Janakpur, government has allocated some budget which will be used for upgrading and expanding trunk route airports, making them capable of night flights.
For fulfilling the national needs in aviation sector, addressing global innovation and developing technology to ensure safe flights, an aviation policy will be formed.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) will also be restructured and split into two bodies of which one will undertake the regulation of the aviation sector and the other will operationalize the airports.