Nepal, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a country in South Asia and is popular for being located in the Himalayas. Owing to its culture and natural beauty, and the fact that Mount Everest is located in Nepal, it attracts a large number of tourists every day. Fully working airports in Nepal is one of the reasons for tourism flourishing in the country.The talent of the place is such that such a mass destruction could also not stop it from coming out beautiful again.
5 Major Airports In Nepal
To give you various details of both domestic and international airports in Nepal.
- Lukla Airport
Lukla, a small town in northeastern Nepal situated at 2860 meters, is a popular arriving place for travelers visiting the Himalayas which is situated near Mount Everest. Lukla, the name means that this is a place with many goats and sheep’s is unlike its literal meaning. This place has a lot to offer tourists providing them western-style meals and other necessities. The place also has a small airport which has been servicing as Tenzing – Hillary Airport. This airport in Nepal is commonly known as Lukla Airport.
Lukla airport is often used because it is the place where most treks to Everest begin. One can find regular flights between Lukla and Kathmandu if there is during good weather. However, owing to often rains, high winds, cloud cover and changing visibility in Lukla, the flights get delayed and sometimes in serious weather conditions the airport even closes down. IATA Code of Lukla airpot is LUA , ICAO Code is VNLK and World Area Code is 755
- Tribhuvan International Airport
Tribhuvan International Airport is just one international airport in Nepal. It is located in the capital city of Nepal , Kathmandu. To be more accurate the airport is in Kathmandu Valley, located about 5 kilometers from the city center of Kathmandu. This is considered the gateway to the Nepalese Himalayas and home to the seven world heritage sites. Kathmandu has always been rich in terms of tourism. The capital city has been since many years the hub for Nepal’s history, art, culture, and economy. Thus, leaving no reason as to why it is the most preferable place among travelers.
The airport has a single domestic and international terminal each. Moreover, through this airport currently, there are 30 airlines that connect Nepal to various destinations in both Asia and the Middle East. Though currently the only international airport, there are several ongoing projects for the construction of some new international airports in Nepal like Pokhara International Airport and Gautam Buddha Airport. IATA Code of Tribhuvan International airpot is KTM, ICAO Code is VNKT and World Area Code is 755
- Pokhara Airport
Pokhara Airport serving Pokhara region of Nepal is another eminent airport in Nepal. Pokhara is the second-largest city after Kathmandu. Due to its close proximity to the Annapurna range, the city is a favorite among the trekkers as well asa it is near from popular religious place that is Muktinath Temple also Pokhara known as lakes city Nepal and because of this, it has become the tourist capital of Nepal. Being functioned by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, this Nepal airport offers regular connection from Kathmandu and Jomsom and a few seasonal flights to Manang also.
The airport is relatively small and can handle only 8 propeller planes at a time but it acts as a big diversional airport for Nepal’s main airport in Kathmandu in times of fog or bad weather. New plans are in the construction according to which Pokhara airport will soon have a functioning international terminal in Nepal. IATA Code of Pokhara Airpot is PKR, ICAO Code is VNPK and World Area Code is 755
- Simara Airport
The closest airport approximately 18 kilometers from Birgunj which is Nepal’s fifth biggest city and a trading route between India and Nepal, Simara Airport was built in 1958 and is now operated by Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Being the entry gateway from Patna and Calcutta, Birgun has a great economic contribution to Nepal. Having an elevation of around 450 feet and a runway of 1192 meters, this small airport serving. Jitpur Samara is a sub-metropolitan city in Southern Nepal. This was established recently in the year 2017 and hence is also regarded as the youngest sub-metropolitan city in the country. IATA Code of Simara Airpot is SIF, ICAO Code is VNSI and World Area Code is 755
- Bharatpur Airport
Bharatpur Airport was built in 1958 and the first passenger flight landed at the airport on 5th March in the year 1965. The airport is situated a few kilometers southwest of Bharatpur city center. The Bharatpur Airport has been ranked as the country’s 4th busiest airport and has all major domestic airlines of Nepal functioning from here. Built with aid from the United States of America, today the airport has turned into one of the best-connected airports of the country. The airport is efficient enough to handle tougher planes like 3 ATR-42, 2 Jetstream J-41 and one beech 1900 or any other STOL aircraft.
Constructed at an elevation of around 650 feet above sea level, the airport has just one runway. Initially, the airport was served by domestic flights just on a grass runway but after many years with continuous pestering and lobbying by local people and expatriates living abroad the limited expansion of the airport was carried out. IATA Code of Bharatpur Airpot is BHR, ICAO Code is VNBP and World Area Code is 755