Poor weather in Valley affects hundreds of flights

30 March 2021, Kathmandu

The bad weather in Kathmandu Valley and some parts of the country has affected hundreds of domestic flights from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for five days.

The hazardously foggy weather in the Valley emanating from the wildfires raging in forests nearby the Kathmandu Valley, mainly the Makawanpur district, has hit the aviation sector hardest as more and more domestic and international flights were being canceled. Some of the international flights were diverted.

Despite the unfavorable weather, the TIA has been operating flights domestic and international flights under the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), one among the two sets of rules that govern the aircraft flying in the instrument meteorological conditions, according to the TIA.

The yellowish smog in the Valley has  lead to poor visibility affecting around 40 flights operated by 10 helicopter service providers and 9 airline service providers in the country.

There are currently 36 helicopters and 50 aircrafts conducting the flights, according to the Airline Operators Association of Nepal.

Association said that a dozen of rescue flights were also could not be conducted during this period due to bad weather.

Buddha Air’s 65 flights were canceled and 45 of Yeti Airlines since last Friday. Similarly, 22 flights of Shree Airlines were also affected during this period.

Likewise, 14 flights of Saurya Airlines were called off while and 8 flights of other airline companies were also affected.

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