Heliport Services Starts in Nalinchowk, Shifted from Tribhuvan International Airport

Helicopters are the most efficient air transport for a country like Nepal which has a diverse and difficult terrains. Currently helicopters in Nepal are operated by 12 operators owning around 40 Helicopters.

With the increase in demand for helicopter services, which adversely increases the traffic at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a new heliport has been built at Nalin Chowk, Bhaktapur to meet the demands and also to regulate traffic.

 All the helicopter operations have been shifted to Bhaktapur from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).  Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) started work for this heliport in the fiscal year 2022/2023 and the heliport is now in operation for all helicopter related flights.

Helicopters are used for different purposes in Nepal. In Travel & Tourism they are used for up close and personal flights to scenic mountains like Everest, Annapurna, Gosainkunda, Langtang etc. They are also used inrescue operations, adventure activities like Skydiving over mountains and transport of essential goods to rural areas of Nepal and for emergency health operations. During the peak season; March – May & September – November, Helicopters are mainly focused on rescue operations from different mountains, transportation of the climbing equipments, Mountain experience flights, and similar adventure activities.

Built in an area of 33 ropanis (1.68 hectare), with the capacity to accommodate 17 helicopters at a time; this heliport has been built with the aim to reduce the congestion and the pressure of Air traffic during the peak tourist season.

A communication network has also been built to reduce the pressure of the TIA communication systems as well.

The estimated drive from Thamel to the heliport is about half an hour per way covering a distance of 40 Kilometers.

With the relocation of the Heliport, it is believed to have smoothened the operations of the flights and provided an enhanced experience for the tourists visiting Nepal.

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