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Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport
कुशोक बकुला रिम्पोचे हवाई अड्डा
Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport
IATA: IXL – ICAO: VILH
Airport Authority of India
Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India
AMSL 10,682 ft / 3,256 m
34°08′09″N 077°32′47″E / 34.13583°N 77.54639°E Coordinates: 34°08′09″N 077°32′47″E / 34.13583°N 77.54639°E
Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport ( IATA: IXL, ICAO: VILH) is an airport in Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India. 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. 
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