Tenzing-Hillary airport operates after 10 days

Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. Photo:
Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. Photo:

KATHMANDU, Nepal- The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla has been opened but for a short time on Wednesday after closure of 10 continuous days. The fair weather helped to operate few flights on Wednesday giving relief to the tourists who were stranded in Lukla waiting for flights.

According to the office of the Civil Aviation Authority, the airport was closed since June 3 due to bad weather condition. “But regular flights were made today,” informed the authority, hoping the regular flights to resume from Thursday.

Hundreds of foreign and domestic tourists have been stranded in the airport and Lukla due to bad weather that forced the authority to close airport.

Some tourists returning form Everest region have even chartered the helicopter from Surke, an hour long distance from Lukla to return to Kathmandu while other many have opted to walk, informed Phurba Sherpa, a local over telephone.

The flight disturbances have also obstructed regular supply of daily needs including the food stuffs, vegetables, meat among others.

It is likely that the situation will improve after the resumption of flights, Sherpa said.


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