CAAN prohibits wide-body aircraft at TIA seriously affecting int'l flights
Eight days after the runway of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) developed cracks, causing all domestic and international flights to be cancelled or diverted, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has prohibited takeoff and landing of wide-body aircraft of all international carriers flying into the sole international airport of Nepal.
CAAN had a week ago written to all international carriers about the ban on their wide-body aircraft flying into TIA, asking them to find alternatives, it has been learnt.
Tuesday's edition of the Kathmandu Post reported that CAAN has given a month for the international carriers to make the arrangements so that air ticket bookings are not affected. The paper reported that it was not clear how long the ban would be in place, but this would surely disrupt international flights to and from TIA because all major airlines send wide-body aircraft to serve Kathmandu during September-November.
CAAN told the Kathmandu post that currently a Spanish company has been enstrusted with the task of studying the runway capacity and is scheduled to submit its report within a few weeks. Based on its report, the runway will be fixed permanently and until then TIA will impose a ban on wide-body aircraft.
All domestic and international flights to and from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) were diverted for nearly an hour on Friday last week after the 46-year-old airport runway developed cracks. The flights were cancelled in view of possible hazard as ruptures were seen on the runway. The airport had reopened after repair.
The sole international airport of the country had seen a similar situation situation several times in the past, causing worries over the safety on the runway. nepalnews.com