In an attempt to improve air service in the country, Nepal is seeking approval from India to start an inbound flight route that will be diverted through the west.
A senior civil aviation official reports that construction of two airports is currently underway and a third one is being planned.
Flights into Nepal from India currently fly over the airspace of Patna, Bihar, which mostly flies into the eastern part of Nepal.
India allows outbound flights from both the western and eastern sides.
Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Sanjiv Gautam said in a press statement, “We have been in talks with the Indian authority and are hoping to get approval for the route in this year itself.”
He further added that inbound flights from the western side will also minimize the flying time of the airplanes.
Nepal is currently in the process of increasing its tourist intake of one million a year to an estimate of about five million a year.
Since the existing Kathmandu Airport is already very congested, million dollar airports have been commissioned in the southern part of the country and near Pokhara, which is a popular tourist destination.