June 24: Jomsom Airport in Mustang district has been repaired after a gap of 18 years. The 800-meter runway was also blacktopped during the repair and maintenance. Likewise, a dam has also been constructed to control the overflow of the Kali Gandaki river which runs parallel to the runway nearby.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) took the initiation to repair the airport at a cost of Rs 91.26 million. The repair which was started in October 2018 was completed four months before the deadline.
Apex Construction, which was entrusted for the repair and maintenance project, has also carried out other construction works for the safety of the airport.
According to engineer Krishna Prasad Paudel, the project chief, along with repair work the company has almost constructed fences around the airport, taxiway, pipeline for sewage management and a dam to control the overflow of the Kali Gandaki river.
The repair of the airport was done keeping in mind the safety of the increasing number of tourists in the area. Flights to Jomsom had been halted for 15 days recently during the final stage of the repair to complete the work.