Nepal’s civil aviation body will briefly open the country’s only international airport exclusively for Nepal Airlines’ new flight to Osaka, bypassing its own time-sensitive “notice to airmen” period during which the crucial second-phase of taxiway construction will be ongoing.
All domestic and international flights were cancelled or diverted following the closure of Nepal’s only international airport for eight hours on Friday after a plane skidded off the runway amid a heavy monsoon downpour.
Even as the political fallout over the KP Sharma Oli administration’s recent decisions over pesticide testing continues, the use of pesticides in Nepal’s own farm produce has been quietly growing to alarming levels.
In 2014, the first batch of two Chinese-made 17-seater Y12e aircraft arrived in Kathmandu. But they remained grounded for months. Nepal Airlines Corporation did not have pilots to fly them. Five years on, the problem remains the same.