Pokhara is located in a valley less than 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, Nepal. The travel distance via road takes seven or eight hours and via flight takes only 20 minutes. As the old Pokhara airport was put into use in 1958, the facilities are now very old and can not meet Nepal's air transportation and economic development needs. Limited by the size of the existing airport, all the flights to and from here are small regional aircraft, flight safety has become a "heartbreak" for tourists from all over the world to visit here.
In 2016, Nepal officially launched the new airport construction project in Pokhara. It is so far the largest project to be built in Nepal with China aid, and is also a key project in the cooperation between China and Nepal. When the new airport is completed, it will be Nepal's Second International airport, as well as the alternate airport of Kathmandu International Airport. It will strengthen the external relations of Nepal, a landlocked mountain country, for the benefit of the Nepalese people.
The new airport is built according to 4D standard, including 2500m 4D runway and supporting taxiway, apron, terminal building, command tower, cargo terminal, hangar, parking lot and access road. It can take off and land Airbus A320 and Boeing 757 class aircraft.
Beijing Jinghangan Airport Engineering Co. Ltd. undertook the works of supply and installation of Special Airport Equipment. The construction duration for this project is 42 months, from April 2016 to October 2019.
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