|Elevation AMSL||8,800 ft / 2,682 m|
Jomsom Airport (IATA: JMO, ICAO: VNJS) is an airport serving Jomsom, a town in the Mustang District of Province No. 4 in Nepal, and the Mustang District. It serves as the gateway to the Mustang District that includes Jomsom, Kagbeni, Tangbe, and Lo Manthang, and to Muktinath temple, which is a popular pilgrimage for Nepalis and Indians. The airport is capable of handling aircraft from the Nepalese Army Air Service.
There are daily flights between Pokhara and Jomsom during daylight hours in good weather. Although the flying distance is short and flight time just 20 minutes, very high mountains between Pokhara and Jomsom require planes to fly through the Kali Gandaki River gorge with major peaks that include Dhaulagiri (8,167 m or 26,795 ft) and Tukuche (6,920 m or 22,703 ft) on the west and Nilgiri Central (6,940 m or 22,769 ft) and Annapurna (8,091 m or 26,545 ft) on the east. With Jomsom airport located at the head of the gorge, high terrain surrounding the airport presents a hazard when a go-around is required and when, as is frequently necessary after mid-morning, a turn is required at Jomsom to land into southerly winds. Cloud may occur in Jomsom while it is fine in Pokhara, in Pokhara while it is fine in Jomsom, or between the two airports; and heat from the sun in the Mustang District causes strong southerly winds in the Kali Gandaki River gorge and at Jomsom after early morning. Cloud cover, changing visibility, and high winds, often mean flights are delayed or the airport closed.
Airlines schedule flights to Jomsom for the early morning when wind speeds are low. Aircraft are turned around as rapidly as possible at Jomsom and Pokhara to complete as many flights as possible before wind speeds at Jomsom become too high or visibility forces the suspension of flights.
Airlines and destinations
|Gorkha Airlines||Pokhara |
|Nepal Airlines||Pokhara |
|Simrik Airlines||Pokhara |
|Sita Air||Kathmandu, Pokhara |
|Tara Air||Pokhara |
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On 14 May 2012, Agni Air Flight CHT, a Dornier 228, crashed while attempting to land at Jomsom airport, killing 15 of 21 people on board. The crash claimed the life of Indian child actress Taruni Sachdev.
On 16 May 2013, Nepal Airlines Flight 555, a de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter, carrying 18 passengers and three crew, crashed on the bank of the Gandaki River. No one was killed, but seven people sustained serious injuries. Eight of the plane's passengers were Japanese tourists while the three crew members and remaining passengers were Nepali.
On 24 February 2016, Tara Air Flight 193, a Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter with registration 9N-AHH, on a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Pokhara Airport to Jomsom Airport went missing eight minutes after takeoff with 23 people onboard. Three helicopters dispatched to search for the missing aircraft were initially hampered by bad weather. Hours later, the wreckage and several charred bodies were found near Dana village, Myagdi district. There were no survivors. The crash was the twenty-second loss of a DHC-6 in Nepal, the seventh-deadliest aircraft crash in Nepal, and the world's fourth-deadliest accident involving a DHC-6.
- Kagbeni, Mustang
- Kali Gandaki River
- List of airports in Nepal
- Lo Manthang
- Mustang District
- Upper Mustang
- Airport information for Jomsom, Nepal (VNJS / JMO) at Great Circle Mapper.
- Jomsom Airport at AirportGuide.com
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- Missing Tara Air plane with 23 onboard could have crashed in Myagdi's Rupse, Kathmandu Post 24 February 2016]
- Nepal passenger plane crash kills all 23 on board, BBC 24 February 2016