Only 33 of Nepal’s 53 airports are operational. Here’s the list

File: Gautam Buddha International Airport (Bhairahawa airport), Nepal's second international airport, in Bhairahawa, Lumbini
File: Gautam Buddha International Airport (Bhairahawa airport), Nepal’s second international airport, in Bhairahawa, Lumbini

Kathmandu, June 30

There are 53 airports in Nepal, but only 33 of them are operational now, informs the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

The government has been spending a lot of money on airports every year. But, all the facilities are not in operation as some of them are more easily accessible by land routes whereas others were constructed without studying their operational feasibility.

Moreover, most of the flights flying to hilly and mountainous airports–except those located at touristic sites such as Lukla and Talcha–do not get sufficient passengers.

Here is the list of operational airports in Nepal.

  1. Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
  2. Nepalgunj Airport
  3. Pokhara Airport
  4. Gautam Buddha International Airport, Bhairahawa
  5. Biratnagar Airport
  6. Chandragadhi Airport
  7. Bharatpur Airport
  8. Janakpur Airport
  9. Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla
  10. Simara Airport
  11. Surkhet Airport
  12. Dhangadhi Airport
  13. Jomsom Airport
  14. Simikot Airport
  15. Tumlingtar Airport
  16. Jumla Airport
  17. Dolpa Airport
  18. Bajura Airport
  19. Ramechhap Airport
  20. Bhojpur Airport
  21. Phaplu Airport
  22. Rara Airport, Talcha, Mugu
  23. Rukum Salle Airport
  24. Rumjhatar Airport
  25. Taplejung Airport
  26. Khanidanda Airport
  27. Rajbiraj Airport
  28. Sanphebagar Airport
  29. Dang Airport
  30. Thamkharka Airport
  31. Bajhang Airport
  32. Doti Airport
  33. Baitadi Airport

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