In­dia of­fers to build air­ports in Nepal

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In­dian avi­a­tion of­fi­cials will meet with their Nepalese coun­ter­parts to dis­cuss plans to help de­velop the Hi­malayan coun­try's avi­a­tion sec­tor.

The Eco­nomic Times re­ports that Nepalese au­thor­i­ties will travel to In­dia to ne­go­ti­ate a pre­vi­ously- de­vised plan to build sev­eral new in­ter­na­tional air­ports in Nepal. Un­der the plan, state- run Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia ( AAI) would be tasked with build­ing and op­er­at­ing the air­ports at lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Pokhara, Nepal's se­cond largest city, and Janakpur, close to the In­dian bor­der.

“Au­thor­i­ties from Nepal are com­ing to In­dia soon to dis­cuss is­sues re­lated to AAI,” an un­named "se­nior avi­a­tion min­istry of­fi­cial" was quoted say­ing.

In­dia is at­tempt­ing to re­vive the plan in a bid to ward off in­ter­est from China, which is al­ready ac­tive in Nepal's avi­a­tion sec­tor. In­dia has also sug­gested an "open skies" avi­a­tion agree­ment with Nepal, but its neigh­bour is re­ported to have de­clined the of­fer.

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