Stories By 'SANGAM PRASAIN'
Nepal’s air traffic control (ATC) can now monitor the country’s entire airspace and keep track of aircraft from the Himalaya to the Indian border using an advanced radar system recently built on a hilltop in Lalitpur.
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There is bad news for new companies planning to enter the domestic aviation market and old players mulling over increasing fleet size, as a study has found that existing infrastructure of the country’s domestic airports will not be able to accommodate more aircraft for at least two years.
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Nepal tourism is on track to reach the magic figure of 1 million arrivals by the end of the year, industry watchers said. Analysts have based their projection on arrival trends for the first 10 months (January-October) of 2017 when the number of visitors jumped 25.47 percent to 757,448 individuals.
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The August floods which caused widespread death and destruction were a traumatic experience for the people in the southern Tarai plains, but the nutrients they brought to the farmlands enriched the soil and boosted productivity, prompting officials to predict another record harvest and hike in economic output.
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Paddy farmers feel let down as the government has again failed to announce the minimum support price (MSP) even though the harvest season has begun.
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Officials at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) are worried by frequent runway damage even though the monsoon has ended.
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