Connecting the tourist capital of Nepal
Pokhara Airport is a domestic airport serving Pokhara in Nepal and is soon to be replaced by a second international airport, Pokhara International Airport based on the agreement on air travel agreement between India and Nepal.
It is among the more eminent airports in Nepal. Pokhara is the second-largest city after Kathmandu. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna range, the city is a favorite among trekkers and has become the tourist capital of Nepal.
Operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, this airport offers regular connections to Kathmandu and Jomsom and a few seasonal flights to Manang also. Despite being relatively small handling a limited number of aircraft, it acts as a big diversion airport for the Tribhuvan International Airport. The airport has been ranked as the second busiest airport in the country after Kathmandu, TIA.
The airport was established on July 4, 1958 by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. In 2011 a Nepali private airline began international flights from Pokhara to Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow, India, and has announced plans to fly to New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport in the future. The airport started service from July 6, 1958. The airport consists of a single runway with 4 taxiways.
Airlines and destinations
Domestic airlines as well as the national flag carrier operate regular scheduled flights to this airport.
With an elevation of 2711 ft, the airports offer you extraordinary scenic beauty of the mountain ranges, lakes, hills, and landscapes. The surface of the runway is paved with asphalt and has a length of 4700 ft. It is located 200 km away from Kathmandu.
The IATA and ICAO codes for Pokhara Airport are PKR and VNPK respectively. Several Ultralight aviation companies offer recreational and sightseeing flights from Pokhara Airport. New plans are in the pipeline for construction according to which Pokhara airport will soon have a functioning international terminal, thus reducing the traffic at Tribhuvan International Airport.
Complied by Rina Kumari Mandal a content writer at Nepaltraveller.