India offers to build airports in Nepal
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.