Gautam Buddha International Airport

Airport (IATA: , ICAO: )

which is also known as International Airport is proposed as the second international of . This is constructed on Bhairawaha, Rupandehi district. Upon completion of this , it will serve an alternative of the only international here in ; Tribhuwan International Airport, which is facing huge traffic in the recent year. Apart from this international , there is one domestic at Bhairawaha, which is being upgraded as an international . With the target of completion within the year 2020, which is marking Visit Year 2020; the workers are continuously working to finish this project on time i.e. before the year 2020. There is also a plan for a test flight in a few months.

History of Airport

The was first operated on the year 1958 and has been serving as a domestic till date. This has been helping to connect different districts nearby and also the tourists who visit as dhist Heritage Tour.

Due to the excess pressure and traffic on the only international here in , then Prime Minister of , laid the foundation stone for this project in the year 2015 with the deadline of December 2017. But due to the various reasons like political protest, border blockade, shortage of construction material, and payment issues between the i contractor and the Chinese contractor, the deadline has been revised twice. Now, if everything goes as planned without any obstruction during construction, it is projected to be completed within the year 2020. With the completion of almost 50 percent physical progress, the authorities are planning for a test flight in October 2019. Upon completion of this national pride construction, it is believed to upgrade the industrial hub and also increase international pilgrimage in . Upon completion of this upgrading, the handling capacity of this will be increased to around 750,000 annually and around 4000 passenger in an hour.

Upgrading of

This newly upgrading next to dhist Tourist Site is located at an altitude of 109 m above the sea level and has a runway of 3000 meters. The whole covers an area of 10,000 ropanis. There will be hangers, immigration area, depot, and radar. With the two-way approach, this will be able to hold (park) at least 10 planes. The current parking spot of this can accommodate only 6 small aircraft. This new terminal building will be equipped with the latest new technology and the capacity will be more than the current international and also there will be an aero-bridge built for the passenger which helps the passenger to enter aircraft directly from the terminal and vice versa.

Work Progress of Gautann dha International Airport ()

  • This upgrading project as International Airport is started in 2015 January. However actual work started in December 2017 due to various conflicts and Earthquake 2015.
  • As the report of upgrading project, 80 % of Work is Completed at the end of July 2019.
  • Deadline of () Project is December 2019, which was extended twice.

Due to Open Near , , in Mid-2020

’s new (), also known as International Airport, is expected to meet the government target of commencing operations in mid-2020, marking “Visit Year 2020” and becoming ’s second international . Upon completion, the will serve as an alternative to Tribhuwan International Airport () in , which is facing a huge rise in traffic due to a steady increase in international tourists in recent years via dhist Door.

With the completion of this , it is expected that more people will visit as well as it will help to control the air traffic in the Tribhuwan International Airport by diverting the flight to the . Upon completion of this internal , it will help the internal tourist to directly fly to avoiding the Tribhuwan International Airport in .