Pokhara—After 26 years of gap, Balewa Airport in Nepal’s Baglung district has again come into operation on Monday. A Tara Airlines 19 seater 9N-AKL aircraft with Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal staffers and engineers on board landed at this airport this afternoon.
Thousands of people thronged to the airport to watch the landing of aircraft and they welcomed it with clapping. The airport came into operation after the key effort of Baglung Municipality Office. Cabin crews including engineers were welcomed with garlands after the landing of aircraft.
Bhola Prsad Guragai of CAAN Pokhara Director informed that the airport came into operation after the understanding reached with Tara and Yeti Airlines. The today’s flight was test one and the regular flights will be carried out from March 23, 2018. The crew members suggested the CAAN and municipal office to level the runway and to make parking lot and waiting lobby.
According to pilot Santosh Shah, the aircraft takes 45 minutes time to travel from Tribhuvan International Airport to Balewa Airport. The Balewa Airport had first come into operation in 2018 BS and the operation was halted as the Pokhara Baglung Highway came into operation in 2048 BS.