All Pokhara flights to be cancelled on Thursday

KASKI, AUG 21 – All the flights in and out from Pokhara Airport will be cancelled on Thursday to pile pressue upon the government for the construction of proposed regional international airport in Pokhara. The airport construction stakeholders’ committee called for the strike.
Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) has also supported the strike citing solidarity to create a favorable environment to construct the airport.
Passengers of Yeti Airlines, Buddha Air, Guna Air and Tara Air would be affected by the strike. “The people of Pokhara have collaborated for the construction of the international airport. We are trying to accommodate the passengers, being affected from the strike,” said Ram Lamichhane, Chief of Yeti Airlines in Pokhara.
Moreover, Pokhara Chief of Buddha Air, Gautam Baral, said that Buddha Air transports around 470 passengers everyday to and from Pokhara. He said that the strike would cost millions of rupees for the airlines. However, he said that they have no choice but to go on with the strike as it is the concern of all the people in Pokhara.
The much-talked about airport project has mired in controversy after the lowest bid was 85.5 percent higher than the government’s estimated cost. Locals have alleged that the Civil Aviation Authority Nepal (CAAN) was delaying the construction on purpose by citing the higher project cost as the reason.
The CAAN is of the view that the project, which has been in limbo since 1975, should be developed in line with the country’s requirement and financial capability.Ekantipur

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