In some of the most challenging environments in Asia, ADB is working with governments to make air travel safer and more secure.In Bhutan, the a project has helped the country link with its regional neighbors while another has strengthened air transport regulations.
In addition to regulating the airlines based in the country, the government must develop the expertise to safely direct the air traffic moving through its skies and maintain security on flights.
The Asian Development Bank has been an active partner in helping countries in Asia and the Pacific devise strategies and policies that will help keep air passengers safe and secure.
ADB also helped improve the Louangphrabang Airport in the Lao People's Republic and rehabilitate regional airports in Afghanistan.
In Mongolia, ADB helped the government develop a civil aviation strategy.
Some of the information accumulated by ADB's work has been captured in the publication, Oceanic Voyages: Aviation in the Pacific, which offers a detailed analysis of the Pacific aviation market, including regional and international trends influencing the development of aviation in the region.
In Nepal, where mountainous terrain creates many isolated communities and tourism is a vital driver of the economy, air transport is critical.
Leon Delagrange was the first passenger to fly and joined Henri Farman who was a French pilot.
They flew in 1908 from a meadow in the outside part of Paris.
"The number of foreign visitors to Lumbini is rapidly rising in the recent years, and airport improvement will help in further opening Lumbini and linking it with international tourist circuits in South Asia as well as to the rest of the world." ADB has also worked to help countries effectively partner with private companies in developing safe and secure air transport system.
Some of the expertise from that work is captured in the publication, Developing Best Practices for Promoting Private Sector Investment in Infrastructure: Airports and Air Traffic Control.