Gilgit Airport

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Gilgit Airport
Gilgit Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
Serves Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan,
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
GIL is located in Pakistan
Location of airport in disputed area between India and Pakistan
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.


A picture of Gilgit Airport taken in the month of December 2015. Runway can be seen.
ATR 42-500 on Gilgit Airport. Picture taken on July 10, 2016

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. 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. In the past, Fokker F-27 Friendship was being used but later it was replaced by ATR 42.

A new terminal was constructed in 2014 which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. This terminal included modern check-in facilities as well as different arrival and departure sections.

This airport when planned, composed of the land twice as big as it is now. But due to excessive water leakage from the ground, the land was used to create a public park in the vicinity of this airport. The park was named as CAA Park or City Park Gilgit. The leakage was caused due to excessive bombings on this area during War Period.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad


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 October 2006).
  4. ^ Aircraft accident Fokker F27 Friendship AP-BBF

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