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Establishment of Airport
1949: The date heralded the formal beginning of aviation in Nepal with the landing of a 4 seater lone powered vintage Beach- craft Bonanza aircraft of Indian Ambassador Mr. Sarjit Singh Mahathia at Gauchar.
1950: The first charter flight By Himalayan Aviation Dakota from Gauchar to Kolkata.
1955: King Mahendra inaugurated Gauchar Airport and renamed it as Tribhuvan Airport.
1957: Grassy runway transformed into a concrete one.
1957: Department of Civil Aviation founded.
1958: Royal Nepal Airlines started scheduled services domesticaly and externaly.
1959: RNAC fully owned by HMG/N as a public undertaking.
1959: Civil Aviation Act 2015 BS. Promulgated.
1960: Nepal attained ICAO membership.
1964: Tribhuvan Airport renamed as Tribhuvan International Airport.
1967: The 3750 feet long runway extended to 6600 feet.
1967: Landing of a German Airlines Lufthansa Boeing 707.
1968: Thai International starts its scheduled jet air services.
1972: Nepalese jet aircraft Boeing 727/100 makes a debut landing at TIA. ATC services taken over by Nepalese personnel from Indian technicians.
1975: TIA runway extended to 10000 feet from the previous 6600 feet.
1975: Civil Aviation Training Centre established.
1976: FIC (Flight Information Center) established.
1977: Nepal imprinted in the World Aeronautical Chart.
1989: Completion of International Terminal Building and first landing of Concorde.
1990: New International Terminal Building of TIA inaugurated by King Birendra.
1992: Adoption of Liberal Aviation Policy and emergence of private sector in domestic air transport.
1993: National Civil Aviation Policy promulgated.
1995: Domestic Terminal Building at TIA and Apron Expanded.
1998: CAAN established as an autonomous Authority. ASR/SSR brought to operation.
1998: COSCAP-SA Project established.
2002: Expansion of the International Terminal Building at TIA and the construction of a new air cargo complex.
2003: Rara airport (Mugu), Kangeldanda airport (Solukhumbu) and Thamkharka airport (Khotang) brought in operation.
2004: Domestic operation by jet aircraft commenced.
2005: International flights by two private operators began.
2006: A new comprehensive Aviation Policy introduced. GMG Airlines of Bangladesh, Korean Air and Air Arabia started air service to Nepal.
2007: Identification of site location for a new second international airport. Etihad, Dragon Air, Silk Air, Orient Thai and Hong Kong Express commenced their service to Nepal.
2009: Establishement of RCAG station at Nepalgunj-to augument coverage of VHF ommunication in Air Traffic Control.
2010: An agreement of SDR 44388000 was signed between Nepal Government and CAAN for Capacity Enhancement Project of TIA under ADB loan.
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