A team of Indian aviation experts will inspect Nepal’s only international airport in Kathmandu for possible structural damages caused due to the massive earthquake that occurred on 24 April.
The visit is aimed at finding any damages and offering the required support to the Tribhuvan International airport.
Nepalese Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation joint secretary Suresh Acharya was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying: "They will inspect whether the physical structure as well as communication and navigation system of the airport were damaged by the earthquake or not."
Acharya has said that the airport had not experienced any damage during the earthquakes that led to the death of approximately 9,000 people.
A group of four members from Airport Authority of India (AAI) is also slated to visit the site of the proposed Simara international airport at Nijgadh, around 200km south of Kathmandu.
Once completed, the second airport will help in easing congestion at the Tribhuvan International Airport. After its first phase is completed, the airport will have a capacity to handle 15 million passengers and accommodate the Airbus 380 aircraft.
A few government officials have been speculating that the Indian Government is interested in developing the new airport owing to its accessibility by from the state of Bihar.
The Statesman quoted sources as saying that the primary aim of the visit was to move the development plan of the new airport forward.
Image: The Tribhuvan airport is Nepal’s only international airport. Photo: courtesy of Tanweer Morshed.