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Tribhuwan International Airport: The Single international airport in Nepal

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Kathmandu -Nepal’s only one International Airport, Tribhuvan International Airport has one/one terminal for domestic and international flights. Firstly it has started as Gauchar Airport, named after the area of Kathmandu where it was located.

The formally starting of aviation in Nepal was with the landing of a lone four-seated, Beech craft Bonanza aircraft, carrying the Indian ambassador in 1949. The first charter flight of TIA was between Gaucher and Calcutta in a Himalayan Aviation Dakota on 20 February, 1950.

King Mahendra inaugurated this airport in 1955 and renamed as Tribhuwan Airport in the memory of his late father. Later in the year 1964, it was renamed as Tribhuwan International Airport.

The first jet aircraft to land at Tribhuwan International Airport was Lufthansa Boeing 707 in the year 1967. In 1972, Nepal Airlines Corporation commenced jet operation at the airport with Boeing 727 aircraft and now it is the only International Airport in Nepal.

 

Now TIA is full of facilities and equipped with all necessities., like as It has hangers and parking facilities positioned at the north of the terminal and the fuel tanks are at the south of the terminal. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Fire Division also operates the fire station and also handles the crash tenders.

TIA is facilitating with various domestic and international flight. The international destination flights are for Sharjah, Kuala Lumpur, Chengdu (Lhasa), Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Bahrain, Hongkong, Dhaka, Kunming, Guangzhou, Paro, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Mumbai, Seoul-Incheon, Kuwait, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Doha, Muscat, Karachi, Ras al- Khaimah, and Singapore, etc.

 

And the domestic flights are connects Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, Bhairahawa, Bharatpur, Biratnagar, Dhangadhi, Janakpur, Nepalgunj, Pokhara, Simara, Tumling Tar, Bhojpur, Chaurjhari, Lamidanda, Phalpu, Rukumkot.

Nepal Government try to connect with other destinations internationally as well as domestic.

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