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


IXL is located in India airports
Location of airport in India
Airport type Military/Public
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; 77.54639
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. 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.


Security in Leh Airport is tight. 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 .[citation needed]. 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[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar
GoAir Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar (begins 27 March 2016)
Jet Airways Delhi (resumes 11 February 2016)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TRAFFIC STATISTICS - DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS" (jsp). Aai.aero. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  2. ^ List of busiest airports in India by passenger traffic
  3. ^ airportnavfinder.com - VILH

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