Phaplu Airport

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Phaplu Airport
Phaplu Airstrip 1.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of Nepal
ServesSolu Dudhkunda and Solukhumbu District, Nepal
OpenedOctober 1976
Elevation AMSL7,918 ft / 2,413 m
Coordinates27°31′05″N 086°35′04″E / 27.51806°N 86.58444°E / 27.51806; 86.58444
PPL is located in Nepal
Location of airport in Nepal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 671 2,201 Black topped

Phaplu Airport (IATA: PPL, ICAO: VNPL) is an airport located in the village of Phaplu[1] in Solu Dudhkunda, the district headquarter of Solukhumbu District of Province No. 1 in Nepal.[3]


The airport resides at an elevation of 7,918 feet (2,413 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway which is 671 metres (2,201 ft) in length.[1] The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal shut down the airport in 2013 in order to pave the runway. The airport reopened one year later with a full blacktopped runway.[4][3]

As the airport lies within the approach of Lukla Airport, flights en route to Lukla often get diverted to Phaplu Airport.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Nepal Airlines Kathmandu, Biratnagar[6]
Tara Air Kathmandu[7]
Charter: Lukla
Sita Air Charter: Kathmandu[8]
Summit Air Kathmandu[9]


  1. ^ a b c Airport information for Phaplu, Nepal (VNPL / PPL) at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ "Phaplu Airport" (PDF). Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Airports of Nepal: Phaplu Airport with Photo Feature". Aviation Nepal. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  4. ^ "CAAN to shut down Phaplu airport for a year". Nepal Dispatch. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Plane with 12 foreigners makes emergency landing at Phaplu". The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Domestic Schedule". Nepal Airlines. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Flight Schedule". Tara Air. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Flight Schedule". Sita Air. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Flight Schedule". Summit Air. Retrieved 1 October 2018.

See also[edit]

List of airports in Nepal

External links[edit]