The construction of Pokhara Regional International Airport in Pokhara, one of the popular tourist’s hubs in Nepal, has begun. A foundation stone for the airport was officially laid by Prime Minister K.P. (Khadga Prasad) Oli at Chhinedanda of Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City on 13 April, 2016.
If built, Pokhara Regional International Airport will be the second international airport in Nepal after Tribhuvan International Airport located in the capital city of Kathmandu.
China has extended it full support to build the airport which will is expected to finish within the next four years as per the master plan. The airport will be spread in a total area of 3735 ropanies of land. The construction of the airport is expected to be a requisite to realize the government’s goal of bringing 2.5 million tourists within the next six years. Pokhara alone is targeting to receive 10 times the present tourist arrival after the completion of the airport project.
After the construction, the airport runaway can be available for both Boeing 757 and Airbus 320.
Former PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Deputy Prime Ministers Kamal Thapa and Bijay Kumar Gacchadar and Minister for Tourism Ananda Prasad Pokhrel also laid a stone each during the ceremony.