Pokhara International Airport | New Regional Airport

06 Aug, 2020  |   By Apar Datta

Pokhara International Airport is under construction to get the permanent solution of the single airport to Kathmandu International Airport. Problem like air traffic, parking congestion, and old technology are synonym to the only International airport of Kathmandu. In short, Pokhara Regional International airport will be the beginning of a new era of the aviation industry.

Two international airports; Gautam Buddha International Airport and Neejgadh International airport are pride projects of Nepal Government. CAAN and Nepal Government also aims to complete and operate Gautam Buddha International Airport in Lumbini by the end of March 2021.

New International Airport of Pokhara Is An Alternative to Kathmandu

Besides, this newly constructing Pokhara International Airport, there is already one small domestic airport. Nepal Government is constructing this Pokhara International Airport in Gandaki province. It is located 3 km east of the current domestic airport. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) acquired 155 Hectors of land in 1975 from local. However, the total area of Pokhara Intl Airport will be 200 plus Hector by its completion.

This airport will have one 45-meter wide and 2500 meter long runway. This means it will be able to handle jets like Airbus A320 and Boing 737s with sufficient parking spaces, terminals, and hangars. There will be less air traffic in Tribhuvan International Airport after the operation of the Pokhara Regional International Airport. Tourists will have now an option to land either in Kathmandu, Pokhara or Lumbini from the international flights.

Pokhara Regional International Airport

To welcome the international tourist directly to Pokhara, Honorable Prime Minister KP Oli laid the foundation stone three years ago. The targets to finish this and hand this project to the Nepal Government is in July 2021. So, the construction worker has been working continuously to meet the deadline, even in the period of Coronavirus lock down. The workers are working hard to complete the 92% of the work by 2020. In the same vein, the rest 8% by 2021 September and get ready for the operation of Pokhara International Airport. It will help thousands of trekkers as well as travelers to skip the crowded sky and land of Kathmandu. It will also help to contribute to economic and social development as well as promote tourism.

New Pokhara Regional International Airport: Construction and Funding

To build this mega project in Pokhara, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal handed this project to Chinese CAMC Engineering. The contract was signed in May 2014 However the construction begins at 2016 April. CAMC Engineer Company got the contract from CAAN for airport engineering, procurement, and construction. In addition, EXIM Bank of China provided $215.96 million loan with an agreement to Nepalese Ministry of Finance. After all the procedures, the construction started in July 2016. This project of the airport has created a huge number of employments during construction. This goes further even after the operation phase. As the latest work progress reports from the Civil Aviation Department, over 62% of the project is already completed.

Finally, with the completion of this Pokhara International Airport, people will benefited. And will have an option to land in Pokhara Instead of busy transit in Kathmandu. As Pokhara is one of the major tourist destinations. Certainly this will serve as an aerial gateway to the most popular Annapurna region trekking.

Short Treks from Pokhara

Best Trekking From Pokhara Airport

Pokhara is the second biggest city in Nepal after the capital city of Kathmandu. Similarly, the natural beauty of Pokhara with variety quality of Himalayas, Lakes, Valleys, Forest and center of Adventure activities make Pokhara Best City.

Surrounded by Manaslu Trekking Region in the Northeast, Mustang and Annapurna Trekking Area on the North. Likewise, Dhorpatan and Baglung on west makes Pokhara a center for trekking in Nepal. After the operation of Pokhara International Airport it will easier for you to complete the many trekking in Nepal in your short period of time. Here are some Best Short trekking from Pokhara and around that every trekkers will benefited with Pokhara Airport.

– Poon Hill Trekking. 2-5 Days
– Dhampus Sarangkot Trek. 2-4 Days
– Mardi Himal Trek. 4-8 Days
– Mohare Danda Trek. 4-7 Days
– Poon Hill Jomsom Trek. 5-8 Days
– Khopra Trekking. 8-10 Days
– ABC Trekking (Annapurna Base Camp Trek). 4-9 Days
– Upper Mustang Trek. 8-10 Days
– Dhaulagiri Sanctuary Trekking. 8-10 Days.
– High Bridge Trek. 7-9 Days...... and Many More.

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Some Facts of Pokhara Regional International Aiport

  • The construction of the Pokhara International airport was started in April 2016 after 40 years of corrupt planning since 1976.
  • It is expected to be completed in 2021 costing US$ 305 million and was construing by china CAMC Engineering.
  • The airport will have 2500 meters concrete runway with parallel taxiway that can accommodate medium range jets like Airbus 320s and Boeing 747/757s.
  • The parking bay will be able to handle up to 5 narrow-body aircraft.
  • Pokhara Regional international Airport will have 2 terminals. First one is domestic with 4000 square meter and secondly is International with 10,000 square meter which will be able to handle one million passengers annually.
  • It is unclear if the Pokhara International Airport will be able to introduce new air routes, destination or flights which is Kathmandu international airport lacked or if it is only taking 20% of Tribhuvan international Airport in/out bound flights.

Pokhara International Airport is the Habitat of Vulture and Eagle

As the news of Kantipur Daily on 10 September 2020, the construction of Pokhara Regional International Airport continues. However, new challenges arise from the birds like vulture and eagle. Various birds conservation groups working around the Pokhara and Lekhnath warns the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and Pokhara International Management Committee to come with effective plans to solve this problem.  Ultimately this helps airport management to stop future unforeseen incidents. Birds Conservation leader further adds, two rivers Frushe Khola on the south of the airport and Bijayapur River on the East is the best habitat for these carnivorous big endangers birds. These rivers carry lots of dead animals from far away, which works them as food providers.

TIMELINE: POKHARA REGIONAL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT UPDATE

- Starting since 1976 to acquired 155 Hectors of land.
- Loan from EXIM Bank of China $215.96 million.
- Contract signed between Nepal Government and CAMC Engineering in 2014.
- Physical work starts from 2016 July.
- 62% Physical construction completed till July 28th 2020.
- One of the Pride project of Nepal Government.
- Less effected by COVID-19 Coronaviurs global pandemic and lockdown.

Pokhara Regional International Airport in Conclusion

No limits to this, juggle in between Annapurna Trekking Region, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu Himalayas trekking that you can start from Pokhara. Above all, with the operation of Pokhara International Airpot, new trekking destinations will rise along with the above popular treks. In short, Pokhara International Airport is not only helps you to travel straight to here but also helps Nepalese economy and Tourism activitiess.

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