China CAMC Engineering Co (CMAC) has begun construction of New Pokhara International Airport, about 100 km from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.
Designed as the second international airport in Nepal, Pokhara is scheduled for completion by July 2021, with initial annual capacity for one million passengers. The airport will include a 14,000 m² terminal and a single 2,500 x 45 m runway.
CMAC is building the airport under the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) model. The USD305 million airport is being funded partly by the Export-Import Bank of China under a soft loan agreement between the Chinese and Nepalese governments.
Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the main aviation gateway to Nepal, faces congestion problems but plans are in place for a USD92 million upgrade, including an extension of the single 3,050 m runway and an enlarged international terminal.