Kathmandu, January 8, 2018: The government is heading to develop Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) as a boutique airport. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had announced that the government will inaugurate the TIA as a boutique airport on April 14. However the government has not yet officially stated TIA a boutique airport. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has informed that the guidelines for the boutique airport are in the final stage of approval and TIA will officially be registered as a boutique airport after the implementation of these guidelines.
As per the general manager of TIA, Raj Kumar Chhetri, the airport authorities have started to introduce modern technologies at the airport and have also started installing traditional art works that reflect the cultural heritage of the country as per the demand of passengers. He added that the airport plans to remove all the advertisement boards around the airport and install works that reflect the tradition and culture of the nation. Likewise, TIA also has plans to add one civil service point where travelers who need some services related to passport, visa or orientation will be provided so. The authorities have also planned to add a small playground area for kids, and an entertainment and relaxation area.
According to the management team of TIA, they have plans to add more than 50 Wi-Fi access points, particularly in waiting, departure and arrival areas, to facilitate internet access in the terminal. Travelers will be able to avail free and unlimited internet access round-the-clock at the Tribhuvan International Airport once it has been declared a boutique airport.