Nepal urges airlines to use smaller planes on cracked runway
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal has urged airlines flying into the country's only international airport to use smaller planes after holes and cracks were discovered on the runway, a top aviation official said Thursday.
Airport officials have written to all 26 international airlines asking them not to use wide-bodied planes for their flights to Kathmandu amid safety concerns over the runway, the head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) said.
"We have requested them not to use big aircraft because with their huge loads, they tend to put pressure on the airport and cause damage to the runway," Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, the authority's director general, told AFP.
He said the surface of sections of the 3,000-metre long runway has lifted causing small holes, while cracks have also been found.