One of the few encouraging news during the lockdown is the work-in-progress seen in the construction of Pokhara Regional International Airport. Located at an altitude of 800 m above sea level at Chhinne Danda in Pokhara three (3) km east of the current airport, the Pokhara Regional International Airport PRIA is expected to serve as one of the important aerial hubs of the nation and will have the capacity to serve one million air passengers annually.
Construction of Pokhara Regional International Airport is one of the National Pride Projects to be completed by July 2021. Officials of the project have claimed to have achieved fifty-nine per cent (59%) of physical progress as of mid-June. 250 Chinese and 100 Nepali workers, with proper care and protocol, continued to work even during the lockdown.
All fourteen buildings including the terminal building, air traffic control tower, immigration office, customs, hangar, cargo, administrative, fire control, quarantine, rescue buildings, the drainage systems, taxiways, international and domestic aprons have already been constructed. Works currently been undertaken are related to interior decoration. Works relating to the installation of runway lighting systems, communication & navigation system, baggage handling and other equipment are expected to be carried out after the lockdown.