Gilgit Airport

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Gilgit Airport
Gilgit Airport.jpg


GIL is located in Pakistan
Location of airport in Pakistan
Airport type Public
Operator Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
Serves Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Elevation AMSL 4,796 ft / 1,462 m
Coordinates Coordinates: 35°55′07″N 074°20′01″E / 35.91861°N 74.33361°E / 35.91861; 74.33361
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 1,646 5,400 Asphalt
Sources: AIP Pakistan[1] and DAFIF[2][3]

Gilgit Airport (IATA: GILICAO: OPGT) is a small domestic airport situated 1.25 nm (2.3 km) east of Gilgit,[1] a city in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. The city of Gilgit is one of the two major hubs for all mountaineering expeditions in the northern areas of Pakistan. Many tourists choose to travel to Gilgit by air since road travel between Islamabad and Gilgit by the Karakoram Highway takes nearly 15 hours in car and 24 hours in bus, whereas air travel takes only about an hour.


Because of its short runway located at the edge of a slope, even Boeing 737s and similar-sized jet aircraft cannot operate at Gilgit Airport. Currently Pakistan International Airlines operates ATR 42 aircraft on the Gilgit-Islamabad route. Other aircraft that operate at the airport include the military Lockheed C-130 Hercules.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad
Air Indus Islamabad


  • On August 25, 1989, a Pakistan International Airlines Fokker F27 carrying 54 people disappeared after leaving Gilgit in northern Pakistan. The wreckage was found in the mountains.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b AIP Pakistan: OPGT – Gilgit
  2. ^ Airport information for OPGT at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for GIL at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).

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