The Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa, Nepal’s second international airport, is ready for a test flight. It is located near Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
Officials, on the other hand, claim the timing of such calibration flights is unknown due to the continuing second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Praveen Neupane, a project senior executive, said, “We are focusing on executing such flights by September or October, which will be the completion of the construction work.”
Neupane, on the other hand, believes that regular commercial flights from and to the airport would take a few more months since the government must first design a route that will be approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
The airport is being built by two Chinese and Thai enterprises.
The project has been designated as a national pride project by the government. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) had previously stated that it would be operational by the start of 2021.