Tumlingtar Airport

6, Oct 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

Gateway to the Makalu - Barun National Park which is famous among tourist for its natural beauty and biodiversity


Tumlingtar Airport is a domestic airport located in Tumlingtar serving Sankhuwasabha and surrounding districts. It is the gateway to the Makalu - Barun National Park which is famous for its natural beauty and biodiversity.

Established on October 1, 1972, the airport is located in the deepest valley in Nepal situated between Arun and Sabha River. The city is also known as the longest tar (Butte) in Nepal and is about 550km away from Kathmandu.

Airlines and Destinations

Major domestic airlines of Nepal operate daily flights to Tumlingtar. The IATA and ICAO codes for Tumlingtar Airport are TMI and VNVT respectively.

Helicopter companies have been playing an active role and providing service by chartered flights to and from the airport. The airport serves as an important means of transportation in this area. The road network connection to the area is not well developed and largely needs to be constructed. The airport is the best means to reach the place.

 Situated at an elevation of 1700 feet above mean sea level the airport has a single bituminous paved (Asphalt Concrete) runway which has a length of 1200 meters.

The airport has parking capacity of aircraft like ATR42, JS41, B190, D228, L410, DHC6, Y12, and C208 type. The airport spreads over a total of approx. 374430.83 m2 land area.

Besides, the airport is the best way to get tourists to destinations like Mount Makalu, Barun National Park, Sabha Pokhari, Gupteshwor Mahadev, Arun Valley.

The airport plays a vital role in trade and tourism development as well as serves a positive contribution to the socio-economic development of the entire region.

Complied by Rina Kumari Mandal a content writer at Nepaltraveller.

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