A strong feeling of disappointment could be clearly observed in the face of tourist at the Arrival Terminal who were here to have the glimpse of “The Land of Peace”, that they had heard about in their country. If they too believe in “first impression is the last impression”, then I doubt for their revisit or recommendation to others.
Nepal Aviation Sector has been experiencing a downturn since the landing failure of Turkish Airlines on Wednesday 4th of March last week. A whole 4 days halt of International Airlines from Tribhuwan International Airport, the only international airport of Nepal, was just the casting of troubles that were ought to come. From airways to roadways almost everything are facing the aftermath of Turkish Landing Failure. Passengers are equally having their piece of Trouble Pie.
After the runway clearance on the dusk of 7th March, Saturday the TIA officials reported to operate the International Airport continuously for 24 hours. This commitment proved to be senseless commitment with no proper planning, management and ability. Being a single runway airport with lesser parking space flights are facing a serious air traffic complications. The flights are neither being able to take off nor land according to their respective scheduled timing. Diverting from the route or just hovering over the sky are the only options available for the airlines and ATCs to manage traffic.
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Long hectic journey were just not enough for the passengers that now they have to wait for countless hours searching effortlessly for their baggage at the baggage counter. Inadequate number of baggage trolley is another major problem for the stressed passengers. The verse “Is Taxi available?” has dramatically changed into “Is trolley available?” since last two days. Some reach out for trolleys and the rest, they just have no option than to give some extra burden to their stressed body. The same situation is at the Departure Terminal.
Now comes for the so called Law-abiding government officials, airport staffs and security officials. They are so determined for their work and obedient to the orders that they have even forgot the most important lessons of their life ‘Humanity’. Observing their work, it seems like the feeling of love, help, and brotherhood was never implanted onto their brain. But this could the condition of all if he/she is made to work continuously for long hours without proper rest in that sort of mess condition. The airport merely looks like an international airports, rather it depicts more over a fish market impression.
The series of trouble might be incomplete without mentioning about the people who with great joy and delight are there to receive their loved ones. If someone is keen to observe a practical understanding of Darvin`s “Survival Of The fittest” theory then surely TIA entrance gate could be the best example I could give. A whole mass of people who are there to receive, are struggling at the entrance gate just to enter the TIA premises. A strong feeling of disappointment could be clearly observed in the face of tourist at the Arrival Terminal who were here to have the glimpse of “The Land of Peace”, that they had heard about in their country. If they too believe in “first impression is the last impression”, then I doubt for their revisit or recommendation to others.
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Not only air traffic but Turkish has brought even road traffic with its landing failure. Traffic condition inside TIA has almost exceeded the control ability of TIA, which has a direct effect on the nearby road traffic condition of TIA.
If TIA officials are progressive, wants success and uplift TIA then the major lesson they must learn is “Cut the coat according to your cloth”.
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