Bad weather causes flights halt in Tenjing Hillary Airport
Solukhumbu, Feb 28: Flights to and from the Lukla Bazar-based Tenjing Hillary Airport in Solukhumbu district have remained halted for the past four days due to adverse weather. Lukla Bazar that is at an altitude of 2,800 meters is the gateway to the Mount Everest base camp.
The Airport said it has not made any flights for the past few days owing to low visibility caused by thick fog. The halting of air service when the tourist season has already begun has affected tourists and local business community as well.
Around 10-12 flights of different airlines companies are in the regular (daily) schedule from the airport, but this schedule has remained suspended for the past few days, according to Tara Air’s Phaplu In-charge Phunur Sherpa. Some 100 foreign tourists planning to leave Lukla after their trip to the Mt Everest region have been stranded here.