Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport

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Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport
कुशोक बकुला रिम्पोचे हवाई अड्डा
Aerial View of Leh Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport (IXL) Ladakh Jammu & Kashmir India.jpg
Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Airport Authority of India
Serves Leh
Location Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Elevation AMSL 10,682 ft / 3,256 m
Coordinates 34°08′09″N 077°32′47″E / 34.13583°N 77.54639°E / 34.13583; 77.54639Coordinates: 34°08′09″N 077°32′47″E / 34.13583°N 77.54639°E / 34.13583; 77.54639
IXL is located in Jammu and Kashmir
IXL is located in India
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,752 9,028 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passenger movements 394,005 (Increase19.39%)
Aircraft movements 3,376
Cargo tonnage 1,247
Source: AAI,[1][2][3]

Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport (IATA: IXLICAO: VILH) is an airport in Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India.[4] It is one of the highest commercial airports in the world at 3,256 m (10,682 ft) above mean sea level. The airport is named after 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, an Indian statesman and monk.

Due to the presence of mountain winds in the afternoon, all flights take off and land in the morning. The approach is challenging as it is unidirectional and has high terrain towards the eastern end of the airport. Airport security is tight with Indian Army patrols and no hand baggage is allowed on flights.

In February 2016, Indian Air Force handed the airport to Airport Authority of India. AAI will expand it for civilian purposes. [5]

Airport terminal

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar
GoAir Delhi, Mumbai, Jammu, Srinagar
Jet Airways Delhi