Gautam Buddha International Airport is unlikely to begin operation by March

Gautam Buddha Intl Airport

As previously planned, the Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) is unlikely to begin operation by March as the project is yet to install equipment necessary for the operation of the airport.

Though the project has acquired 85.5% physical progress under international competitive bidding (ICB)-01 and approximately 50% progress rate for ICB-02, the communication, navigation and surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM), and meteorological equipment necessary for the operation of the airport are yet to be installed. Prabesh Adhikari, the project chief of GBIA said that the work of phase II has already started and the foundation for installation of equipment are being prepared.

The outbreak of coronavirus in China will have an impact on the arrival of the technical team needed to install the necessary equipment. “If the suspension of flights to and from China continues for a long time, the team we are expecting for some ICB-02 works will arrive late,” said Adhikari.