|IATA: PKR – ICAO: VNPK
|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)|
|Elevation AMSL||2,712 ft / 827 m|
|Sources: CAAN  and DAFIF |
Pokhara Airport (IATA: PKR, ICAO: VNPK), is a regional airport serving Pokhara in Nepal. The airport was established on 4 July 1958 and is operated by the government (Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal). It offers regular connections to Kathmandu and Jomsom; and seasonal connections to Manang. Following a new agreement on air travel between India and Nepal, Pokhara is to be the site of Nepal's second international airport. Construction started in the southeast of Pokhara in 2009 but is only progressing slowly. In 2011 Buddha Air, 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.
Airlines and destinations
|Agni Air||Jomsom, Kathmandu |
|air viva||Kathmandu |
|Buddha Air||Kathmandu, Lucknow |
|Guna Airlines||Kathmandu |
|Nepal Airlines||Jomsom, Kathmandu, Manang |
|Sita Air||Jomsom, Kathmandu |
|Tara Air||Jomsom, Kathmandu |
|Yeti Airlines||Kathmandu |
Incidents and accidents
- 6 November 1997 – A Necon Air Avro 748-100 (9N-ACM), after a flight from Kathmandu, suffered a hydraulic system failure after landing at Pokhara Airport and ran off the runway. The pilot steered the plane back on the runway after 100 metres (330 ft), but it ran onto the ramp and struck another Avro 748 (9N-ACW) of Nepal Airlines), which was parked engineless. There were no fatalities among the 44 passengers and 4 crew.
- 22 August 2002 – A Shangri-La Air De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300, on a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, crashed into a hill which was under complete cloud cover following 3 days of continuous rain. All 3 crew and 15 passengers were killed.
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Media related to Pokhara Airport at Wikimedia Commons