June 11, Kathmandu:
The international airport of Kathmandu into a boutique the airport is now finished. As the purpose of the transformation of the airport was to beautify, improve interiors, improve infrastructure and install cultural sculptures representing Nepal.
Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation had planned a seven-point improvement plan last year to celebrate 2020 as the Visit Nepal Year but it was all stopped due to the spread of the poisonous virus. As per the information by Raj Kumar, the government had provided around Rs 295 million for the renovation of TIA as a boutique airport.
All beautification works, installation of cultural sculpture and statues, expansion of runway by 300 meters, construction of parking bay for two wide-body aircraft, installation of flood lights and construction of a separate arrival walkway descending down to the taxi parking, have been completed.
Raj Kumar Chhetri (spokesperson of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal) said, “The objective of converting the airport into a boutique facility is to provide a sophisticated and cultural look to the air passengers. Most of the tasks except the construction of a canopy in front of the international terminal building have reached the end. Works of interiors in both international and domestic terminal are at the final stage.”
He also mentioned, “Some interior decoration works on the ground floor of the international terminal building and that of the domestic terminal building are in progress. The construction of the canopy will end in October. And some materials made up of steel and aluminum have been replaced with wooden materials as per the requirement of the boutique airport.”