Kathmandu,5 March 2015: Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) has closed the international flights to and from the airport until Friday morning as the removal of the Turkish Airlines airbus that met with an accident in course of landing was expected to take time, the TIA said.
The regular schedule of international flights to and from the TIA has been affected since Wednesday morning after the TK 726 airbus of Turkish Airlines en route to the capital from Istanbul missed the runway in course of landing on Wednesday morning and got stuck into grassland close to runway. However, all passengers onboard were taken out safely.
Nepal Airlines Corporation, Qatar Airlines, Indian Airlines, Thai Air, Jet Air, Air China and China Southern are operating regular flights to various countries from TIA twice or more than that in a week. They have been affected the most after the TIA closed international routes for the time being.Â Not only this, passengers inbound to Nepal from different parts of the world have been affected with this obstruction at TIA.
Former Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai who is presently on a visit to southern neighbour India was scheduled to return home Thursday, but he could not.
An international conference of hydropower scheduled to be held in the capital Thursday was postponed as foreign guests could not arrive on time due to the disruption of the flights. Similarly, Nepali workers heading to foreign destinations in pursuit of job opportunities have been stranded at the departure point.
Government officials who went to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, representing the country in a preparatory meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Cooperation (BIMSTEC) are looking forward to TIA resuming the international flights so as to return to the country. Many tourists inbound to Nepal are staying in Thailand.
The disruption of international flights is likely to continue until10:00 am Friday, the TIA Office said.Â Experts from India have already started works with the aircraft removal equipment brought to resume the disrupted runway. The removal works are expected to take time and international flights have been closed until tomorrow morning, the Office added.
The TIA had brought the aircraft removal kit from India to shift the wide body airbus to a safety. Some of international airlines including Silk Air have managed the stay of passengers in different hotels at New Bus Park, and Sundhara. Forty flights were in the schedule of international route on Wednesday and the same number of flights was in the Thursday’s schedule.
The accident that the Turkish airlines had met with is the first ever of its kind in the 63- year- old history of Nepal’s aviation service. The country is facing challenges to tackle new problem in the aviation service.