The hub of the east, Bhadrapur Airport also serves passengers traveling to or from northeastern states of India
Bhadrapur Airport also known as Chandragadhi Airport is a domestic airport located in eastern Nepal in Bhadrapur of Jhapa District. Operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal the airport serves as an important hub for passengers from the north eastern states of India, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Located at a distance of 4.6 km it is popularly known as the "Tea City" of Nepal. Bhadrapur is one of Nepal's oldest municipalities. The airport handles commercial air service operations by a number of private domestic airlines and the Nepal Army as well.
Established in November 1963 it was originally operated on a grass runway. The airport was re-laid in concrete and has been extended several times. It was also awarded and recognized as the "Airport of the year 2013" by Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
The newly built RNAV system at the airport was inaugurated by Prime Minister K P Oli on January 31, 2018 making it capable of handling night flights.
The duration of flights from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur is around 45 minutes. The IATA and ICAO codes for Bhadrapur Airport are BDP and VNCG respectively.
The airport is situated at an elevation of 300 feet and is 450 km away from Kathmandu. The surface of the runway is paved with asphalt and has a length of 5000 feet.
Destinations and attractions
Bhadrapur is the entry point for trekkers to Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.
Makalu Barun National Park also lies in the same region.
Other famous travel places such as Ilam and Siliguri are close to Bhadrapur. Chandragadi Airport serves the cities of Bhadrapur and Chandragadi, Nepal.
Compiled by Rina Kumari Mandal