Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
|Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport
कुशोक बकुला रिम्पोचे हवाई अड्डा
Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport
|Location||Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India|
|Elevation AMSL||10,682 ft / 3,256 m|
Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport (IATA: IXL, ICAO: VILH) is an airport in Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is one of the highest airports in the world at 3,256 m (10,682 ft) above mean sea level. The airport is named after the Venerable Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, whose 19th Incarnation was an important Indian and Ladakhi Statesman.
Due to problems with terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, the security in Leh Airport is paramount. On flights departing from Leh, hand baggage is not permitted, with the exception of a camera or a laptop bag. As of August 2015, this rule is not enforced. Passengers also have to identify their check-in baggage after scanning, and before being loaded onto the aircraft. Additionally, a substantial number of police and the Indian Army patrol the airport. Also, due to the presence of mountain winds in the afternoon, all flights in Leh take off and land in the morning. Passengers are expected to report 2 hours before scheduled departure time to provide adequate time for security checks .. The approach into Leh is also very challenging as the approach to the airport is unidirectional, due to the presence of high terrain towards the Eastern end of the airport.
Airlines and destinations
|Air India||Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar|
- "TRAFFIC STATISTICS - DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS" (jsp). Aai.aero. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
- List of busiest airports in India by passenger traffic
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (September 2014)|
- Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport at the Airports Authority of India web site
- Airport information for VILH at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for VILH at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Accident history for IXL at Aviation Safety Network