Nepal - 2.2.10 Major Domestic Airport - Surkhet

Airport Overview 


Pic: Aerial view of Surkhet Airport with surrounding habitation of Birendranagar 

Surkhet Airport is situated at Birendranagar Municipality of Surkhet District, Karnali Province. It is one of the hub airports of mid-Western Nepal and serves most of the remote sectors of the western part of the country – Jumla, Humla, Kalikot, Mugu, Dolpa, Bajhang, Bajura and Rukum (although infrequent). Surkhet Airport serves mainly as transport for cargo rather than passengers to the Karnali and Sudurpaschim Provinces. This airport is strategically important for the transportation of food grains, clothes, medicines, iodine-mixed salt, construction materials, office goods, school materials like books and stationeries as well as other commercial goods. There are scheduled passenger flights from Kathmandu to Surkhet daily.   

Expansion of the runway is limited due to the hilly landscape. The approach is only from one side South to North 20 degrees. Aircraft models such as B190, D228, DHC6, L410, Y12, C208 are the appropriate types of aircraft for this airport. Buddha Air operates scheduled flight with ATR72, and Shree Airlines operates with DH8D aircraft from Kathmandu to Surkhet. The Airport has no dedicated landing zones for helicopters. The control tower is well capacitated to oversee a 5-mile radius centered at the Airport Reference Point (ARP).  


Airport Location and Contact 



Province or District 

Karnali Province/ Surkhet   

Nearest Town or City  
with Distance from Airport 

 1.5 KM east from Birendranagar City   

Airport’s Complete Name 

 Surkhet Airport 





Elevation (ft and m) 

 7395 ft. / 2254 m. 

IATA Code 


ICAO Code 


Managing Company or Airport Authority 

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal,  

Surkhet Civil Aviation Office, Surkhet  

Off: 977-83520269 

Tel 977 083 520202 (Tower) 

Fax: 977-83521945 



Management Contact Person 

Rajan Raj Dhungel, Airport Chief  

NGO and/or UN Presence at Airport? 



Runway #1 

Runway Dimensions 

1255 m x 30 m 

Runway Orientation 


02/20 -  

Runway Surface 

Bituminous Paved (Asphalt Concrete) 

Runway Condition 


Airport Infrastructure Details 


Passenger / Cargo Security Screening  

Walk-through X-Ray, Handheld Metal Detector, CCTV Surveillance   

Runway Lighting 

PAPI, Threshold light & End Light 

Refueling Capacity 

During the period of flight operation / 60KL/ Provided by Nepal Oil Corporation 

Ground Handling Services 

Yes with Local airlines Operator 

Air Traffic Control  

Yes/ VFR 

Fire Fighting Equipment  

Yes, has a fire fighting vehicle with “Small Foam Tender” and water capacity of 3000 litres. 

Weather Information 

Associated MET Office, After-hours Met Office Service 

Aircraft Parking Space 

Concrete apron in 13,389.12 m2 has space for 4 small aircraft but no hangar space   

Navigation Aids  


Perimeter Fencing  






Fuel Services Charges 

The airport takes support from Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) for the provision of Jet fuel for the aircraft. NOC maintains the reserve of 60 kilo litres at its office premise. NOC strictly adheres to the quality it has set for the Air Fuel and the price per litre is as set by the NOC. 


Price per Litre USD - $ 

Jet A-1 

 1.02 (Duty Paid) * 





*As of Oct 12, 2023 Exchange Rate: 1 US$ = 132.81 NPR 

Royalties / Non Objection Fees (NOFs) 


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