Connecting the capital with the birthplace of Sita
Janakpur Airport is an airport serving Janakpur, a city in the Mithila region of Nepal, and the administrative headquarters of the Dhanusa District.
Operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal the airport offers regular connections to Kathmandu. Janakpur is of substantial tourist interest due to its importance as a Hindu pilgrimage destination and the birthplace of Sita.
Established on February 13, 1960 the airport is capable of handling medium-sized aircraft. The airport also has expedited preparations to introduce night operation capability at the airport. The installation of runway lights during the up-gradation of the airport recently has aided in night landing of aircraft. It is now seeking approval to operate night flights after advancing the facilities available at the airport.
Airlines and Destinations
Major domestic airlines of Nepal operate daily flights to Janakpur. Buddha Air has daily and direct flights from Kathmandu to Janakpur. Yeti Airlines and Shree airlines also operate a daily flight from this airport. The airport witnesses five flights daily on an average.
The IATA and ICAO codes for Janakpur Airport are JKR and VNJP respectively. The surface of the runway is paved with asphalt and has a length of 4000 ft. The nearest location you can travel from Janakpur is Jaleshwor and Dhanusha Dham. These places are famous for their religious and cultural importance.
The airport resides at an elevation of 256 feet (78 m) above mean sea level and 200 km away from Kathmandu. The airport has also recently acquired a refueling browser and added a refueling facility at the airport.
The airport has seen an increase in the number of passengers too after the airport has been upgraded. Janakpur, historically called Mithila, is the center of the ancient Maithili Culture which has its language and script. The most important historical reference to Mithila or Janakpur is also mention in the epic Ramayana.
Compiled by Rina Kumari Mandal