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Pokhara Airport is a regional airport serving the city of Pokhara in Nepal. The airport was established on 4 July 1958 and is operated by the government's Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and is capable of handling aircraft from the Nepalese Army Air Service. It offers regular connections to Kathmandu and Jomsom airports, and seasonal connections to Manang Airport. Following a new agreement on air travel between India and Nepal, Pokhara Airport is to be the site of Nepal's second international airport. Construction started in the Southeast of Pokhara in 2009. In 2011 Buddha Air, a Nepali private airline, began international flights from Pokhara to Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow, India, and announced plans to fly to New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport in the future. The dimensions of the airport's apron allows handling of 8 small propeller planes at a time. Pokhara Airport is a diversion airport for Tribhuvan International Airport when complications occur, such as heavy fog. Due to the limited dimensions of the runway and of the apron, flights must often be re-diverted to third airports. In March 2016 the Government of Nepal signed a deal with China Exim Bank to build the new International Airport at Pokhara by July 2020. The airport will spread over 200 hectares, with a runway of 2,500 m x 45 m. 

Airport Details

Country

Nepal

Latitude

28.22722

Province / District

Pokhara / Kashki

Longitude

83.9675

Airport Name

Pokhara Airport

Elevation (ft)

2,696 ft

IATA & ICAO codes

PKR / VNPK

Surface

Asphalt/Concrete/Bitumen
ATR42 type

Town or City (closest)

Pokhara

Runway Condition

Serviceable

NGO / UN (on ground)

N/A

Passenger / Cargo Security Screening (Yes / No)

Yes

Runway Dimension

1,444 m x 30 m

Ground Handling (Yes / No)

Yes

Refueling Capacity

NOC

Runway Lighting (Yes / No)

Yes

Runway Heading

N/A

Fire Fighting Equipment (Yes / No)

Yes

Air Traffic Control (Yes / No)

Yes

Windsock (Yes / No)

Yes

Weather Information (Yes / No)

Yes

Aircraft Parking space (Yes / No)

Yes

Navigation Aids (Yes / No)

Yes
DME only

Perimeter fencing (Yes / No)

Yes