Nepal plans its second international airport by 2015

NEPAL – Nepal is preparing to build its second international airport, scheduled to go into operation by 2015, officials said Wednesday.

The facility is targeted for Nijgadh, a city of about 14,000 people in the Bara district in the plains of south-central Nepal about 150 kilometres south of Kathamandu.

Chitwan National Park, home to rare one-horned rhinos, is a drive of a couple of hours from the proposed location.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism said construction would begin in April 2012. The project’s cost was estimated at 650 million US dollars in its first stage.

The airport will have 15 bays for international carriers, four for domestic airlines and two for cargo flights. The airport would have the capacity to handle 15 million passengers annually. An upgrade by 2022 to accommodate 60 million passengers is also planned.

The 75,500-square-metre passenger terminal would have six boarding gates, 34 check-in counters and six baggage claim counters.