ADB approves concessional loan to improve two airports

20, Nov 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

Has approved USD 150 million concessional loan approved to improve capacity of Tribhuvan International Airport and Gautam Buddha Airport 

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 150 million (equivalent to Rs 17.7 billion) concessional loan to improve the capacity of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and Gautam Buddha Airport (GBA) in Nepal.

Tourism is a major source of economic activity in Nepal. In 2019, tourism generated an estimated USD 2.05 billion, which accounted for 6.7 percent of gross domestic product. TIA in Kathmandu is the country’s only international airport and a major hub for domestic air transport. GBA in Lumbini will serve as an alternate international air transport facility for Nepal. Lumbini is the birthplace of the Buddha and is a pilgrimage and major tourist destination.

“ADB’s support will improve TIA’s safety, capacity, and operational efficiency. In addition, the new GBA international terminal will play a key role in boosting regional tourism in and around Lumbini,” said ADB Senior Transport Specialist for South Asia Kai Wei Yeo. “The project will help revive the country’s tourism industry and address the long-term negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The loan will support the construction of a parallel taxiway extension and hangar aprons at TIA, and a new international terminal building at GBA to increase capacity.

Another key component of the project is minimizing climate change impact. This will be carried out by using clean energy materials, such as solar panels and energy-efficient lighting to be installed at the new GBA terminal building.

 

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