|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)|
|Elevation AMSL||600 ft / 183 m|
Bharatpur Airport (Nepali: भरतपुर विमानस्थल) (IATA: BHR, ICAO: VNBP) is an airport serving Bharatpur, a city in the Chitwan District in Province No. 3 in Nepal. The airport is located 1 mile (1.6 km) southwest of Bharatpur. It is operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and is served by Nepal Airlines, the national airline which earns most of its revenue from this airport. Bharatpur Airport is the country's 4th busiest. It is the main tourist gateway to Chitwan National Park, and is growing fast in terms of aircraft and passenger traffic: the trend for five years shows a steady growth of aircraft and passenger movements. The data up to November 2005 shows a growth of 7.5% and 17.6% against figures in the year 2004.
This airport was built as part of the resettlement and malaria control program in the Chitwan valley, with the assistance of the Government of the United States of America. The first passenger carrying flight landed in the airport on 5 March 1965.
The airport consists of one departure cum operation terminal and one arrival terminal shed,however some shops are available around the airport.The airport can efficiently handle 3 ATR-42,2 Jetstream J-41 and one beech 1900 or any other STOL aircraft.
- Date of first service – March 5, 1961
- Coordinates – 274041 N-0842546E
- Elevation – 600 ft. AMSL
- Ref. temperature – 35 °C
- Runway designation – 15/33 North-West/South-East
- Runway dimension – 1158 x 30 meter.
- Surface – Asphalt
- Service – Air Traffic Control Service
- Design aircraft – ATR 42 , Beechcraft 1900, BAe Jetstream 41
Airlines and destinations
The airport was initially served by domestic flights with grass runway from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and Pokhara Airport in Pokhara by the country's national airline Nepal Airlines. After many years of lobbying by the local people and expatriates living abroad, limited expansion of the airport was carried out; a new terminal was built and the 1158-metre runway was paved to enable medium-sized aircraft used by Nepal Airlines and other similar aircraft to operate. The work was completed in October 2005.
Incidents and accidents
- 12 July 1969 – RNA Douglas DC-3D (9N-AAP) collided with a tree while flying over a cloud covered ridge at 7,300 feet at Hetauda, Nepal (70 km of Bharatpur Airport). All four crew and 31 passengers were killed.
- 31 July 1993 – Everest Air Dornier 228-101, on a flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur, struck a mountain at Bharatpur. All 3 crew and 16 passengers were killed.
- 25 April 1996 – RNA BAe 748 Series 2B (9N-ABR) overran the runway at Meghauli Airport (19 km southwest of Bharatpur Airport), after a flight from Kathmandu, when landing in rain on the grass airstrip. The aircraft ran across some ditches, causing the nosegear to collapse. None of the 4 crew and 27 passengers were injured.
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