After 72 years of construction of the one and only Tribhuvan International Airport in the country, Gautam Buddha International Airport is now being launched as the second international airport in Nepal. With the preparation of commercial flights at Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa, Rupandehi, there will be two international airports in operation in the country. A test flight is being conducted at the airport on 1 April 2022 with the preparation to bring forth commercial operation.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has notified that the commercial flights will be operational from 20th May 2022.