Strategic heliport investment: Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority addresses airport congestion challenges

KATHMANDU: The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has successfully conducted a demonstration flight at the newly established heliport in Bhaktapur’s Nalin Chowk. In a strategic move to decongest Tribhuvan International Airport, the authority has invested nearly 300 million rupees in constructing a state-of-the-art heliport in Nalinchowk, equipped to accommodate up to 27 helicopters.

As space becomes increasingly limited at the international airport, the heliport at Nalinchowk aims to provide a secure and efficient alternative for helicopter operations. The gradual transition of all helicopter takeoffs and landings to the new heliport is part of the overarching plan.

While Kathmandu airport currently handles domestic regular, international, and cargo flights, the addition of daily helicopter operations has strained the airport’s security measures. Recognizing the distinct operational requirements of helicopters, the authority initiated the construction of the separate heliport.

Situated on 40 ropanies of land in Nalinchowk, the heliport boasts a well-designed and secure infrastructure, catering to a range of helicopter operations—from routine mountain flights to VIP transports. Notably, the facility aims to streamline helicopter-related activities, ensuring an organized and safe environment.

Under the leadership of Director General Pradeep Adhikari, the authority has expedited the construction process of the heliport, signaling a proactive approach to enhance aviation infrastructure in the region.

Fiscal Nepal |
Tuesday December 12, 2023, 01:59:10 PM |

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