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Nepal's new airport threatens 2.4m trees, angering greens

Government pushes on with $1.3bn project to handle flood of foreign tourists

Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is at present the only gateway for air passengers visiting Nepal. (Photo by Yuji Kuronuma)

KATHMANDU -- The government of Nepal is moving toward final approval of a second international airport, which, when complete, is expected to be the largest in south Asia.

The $1.3 billion project is going ahead despite opposition from environmentalists and an order from the Supreme Court to not raze 2.4 million trees on the site where the new Nijgadh International Airport is to be built.

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