Aviation Fuel Scarcity Hits Nepal

Nepal authorities has advised international flights to refuel elsewhere before arriving the country as the nation has ran out of aviation fuel.

Ram Kumar Raya, Chief of Terminal management at Tribhuvan International Airport, told newsmen on Tuesday that the development followed a trade crisis which had grounded many sectors of Nepal’s economy.

“We have issued a notice to airmen saying that fuel will not be available to international flights due to a shortage.

“Nepal Oil Corporation sent us a letter requesting to take steps to conserve the limited stock and we're acting on the basis of that." She said.

Raya, however, said no international flights had been cancelled yet, but could be if the fuel shortage continued because “we are in no position to predict anything right now.”

Nepal has been gripped by a trade crisis since Indian authorities closed the border to goods and fuel trucks six days ago.

Two-thirds of Nepal's imports come from India, including nearly all of its petrol imports.

Meanwhile, Indian officials, cited security concerns about violent demonstrations in southern Nepal as reasons for shutting down its borders with Nepal.

Reacting to the development, Nepal said it might buy fuel from Bangladesh or China as talks to resume border trade with India failed on Monday.