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Nepalese gov't preparing runway expansion at country's only international airpor

2014-03-02 03:42:48  来源: 【返回列表】

KATHMANDU, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Concerned government agency in Nepal have begun works on the expansion of runway at the country's largest and only international airport based in Kathmandu, for the first time in four decades, officials said.

     The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) that operates Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) has already initiated preparatory works for the runway expansion, which is scheduled for completion within 2015.

     Officials at CAAN said the expansion aims to add an additional 600 meters to the existing 3,050-meter-long runway.

     "The runway will be expanded by 300 meters each at the northern and southern end of the airport to make it a total of 3,650 meters, " CAAN Director General Ratish Chandra Lal Suman told Xinhua on Friday. He added upon the completion of the expansion project, TIA 's runway will be as per the standard of International Civil Aviation Organization (IACO) which requires the length of international airport's runway to be 3,000 meters at the minimum and 4,000 meters at the maximum.

     "The expansion will also help increase safety area at the airport," Suman said, "It will also help us to promote air safety. "

     Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided 100 million U.S. dollars for the runway expansion project.

     The runway handles 250 planes, local and international, on average per day, and handles around 400 planes a day during the peak season, from September to November.

     TIA's runway was constructed in 1967, and was upgraded in 1975. Initially designed to handle Boeing 757 or smaller planes, it currently serves bigger planes like Airbus and Boeing 777.