Nepalgunj Airport

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Nepalgunj Airport
Nepalgunj airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
ServesNepalgunj, Nepal
Elevation AMSL540 ft / 165 m
Coordinates28°06′13″N 081°40′01″E / 28.10361°N 81.66694°E / 28.10361; 81.66694
Nepalgunj is located in Nepal
Location of airport in Nepal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 1,554 5,098 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Nepalgunj Airport (IATA: KEP, ICAO: VNNG) is an airport serving Nepalgunj,[1] a sub-Metropolitan city in Banke District of Province No. 5 in Nepal. The airport is capable of handling aircraft from the Nepalese Army Air Service. There are plans by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal to promote the airport to an international airport and establishing immigration, customs and quarantine facilities.[3]


The airport has been in service since 1961. In land area it is the third largest airport in Nepal, after Dhangadhi Airport. It also has the second greatest number of aircraft and passenger movements. After the introduction of FK-100 jet aircraft, passenger movement at this airport increased by 13.39% in 2005 (up to November) against the figure in the year 2004.[citation needed]

Recently, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has permitted Flying Dragon Airlines, a joint venture company of Nepal and China, to operate remote areas of mid - and far - western development region with operating base at this airport.[citation needed]


The airport resides at an elevation of 540 ft (165 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 08/26 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,504 m × 30 m (4,934 ft × 98 ft).[1] It has a big parking area which can hold many big and small regional aircraft.[citation needed]

Future developments[edit]

Nepalgunj Airport is currently being upgraded to serve as an international airport, as Buddha Air is preparing to start direct flights to Delhi. There are plans to construct a new international terminal with separate customs facilities as well as extending the runway.[4][5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Buddha Air Kathmandu [6]
Nepal Airlines Bajura, Chaurjahari, Dolpa, Jumla, Kathmandu, Musikot, Sanphebagar, Simikot, Talcha[7]
Saurya Airlines Kathmandu[8]
Shree Airlines Kathmandu [9]
Sita Air Bajura, Dolpa, Jumla, Kathmandu, Simikot, Talcha[10]
Summit Air Bajura, Dolpa, Jumla, Simikot, Talcha[11]
Tara Air Bajura, Dolpa, Jumla, Simikot, Talcha[12]
Yeti Airlines Kathmandu[13]


Passenger numbers[edit]

2014 165,867
2015 Increase 176,372
2016 Increase 233,533

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Airport information for VNNG from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for Nepalgunj (Nepalganj), Nepal (VNNG / KEP) at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "Buddha Air plans ATR 72 Nepalgunj-Delhi service". The Kathmandu Post. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Buddha Air Nepalgunj-Delhi flight initiation delays". Aviation Nepal. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Nepalgunj Airport expedites upgrading to regional international airport". Aviation Nepal. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Buddha Air Flight Routes". Buddha Air. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Domestic Schedule". Nepal Airlines. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Scheduled flights". Saurya Airlines. Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Scheduled flights". Yeti Airlines. Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "Flight Schedule". Sita Air. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Flight Schedule". Summit Air. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Flight Schedule". Tara Air. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Scheduled flights". Yeti Airlines. Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "Nepalgunj Airport" (PDF). Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Retrieved 1 June 2018.

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