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Nepal seeks India nod for inbound flights from west: official

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

hopes to get approval from for an inbound flight route from the west, according to a of the country, which has two airports under construction and another being planned.

Currently flights into from are over in state, from the eastern part of the landlocked country, said Sanjiv Gautam, of the Civil Aviation Authority of

allows outbound flights from both the western and eastern sides.

"We have been in dialogue with the Indian authority and hope to get approval (for the route) this year," he told at the this week, adding that inbound flights from western side will reduce the flying time.

Nepal, he said, is preparing infrastructure to host five million tourists a year by 2025, up from the current average of one million a year.

The is already congested, he pointed out.

Nepal is preparing to complete its USD 80 million Gautam Buddha by end of this year in the southern part of the country, he said.

Gautam said Nepal is also building a USD 260 million airport at Pokhara, a popular tourist destination, which would be completed by July 2021.

Also, a bigger, second international airport is in the planning stage. Located some 70 km from Kathmandu, it would cost USD 1.2 billion, he said.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 13:00 IST