January 30, 2022 | Investopaper
The Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa, which is a project of national pride, will be operational soon. Work is underway to bring the airport into operation from Jestha 2, 2079 BS. The international airport has minimum standards required for an emergency landing as per the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.
The construction work of the Airport has been almost completed in the seven years after the start of its construction. The project was targeted to complete about four years ago. Starting in 2071 BS, the project had plans to complete within the next three years. However, the deadline for construction has been extended several times.
When the construction of this airport is completed, it will become the second international airport after Kathmandu. This will ease the pressure of international flights in Kathmandu. The government has given high priority to the construction of the airport.
The construction cost of Gautam Buddha Airport is Rs 6.82 billion. This amount is excluding land acquisition. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided 40.5 percent loan and 18 percent grant. The then Prime Minister Sushil Koirala laid the foundation stone of the airport on Magh 1, 2071.