|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)|
|Elevation AMSL||2,712 ft / 827 m|
Pokhara Airport (IATA: PKR, ICAO: VNPK), is a regional airport serving Pokhara in Nepal. The airport was established on 4 July 1958 and is operated by the government (Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal). It offers regular connections to Kathmandu and Jomsom; and seasonal connections to Manang. Following a new agreement on air travel between India and Nepal, Pokhara is to be the site of Nepal's second international airport. Construction started in the southeast of Pokhara in 2009 but is only progressing slowly. In 2011 Buddha Air, a Nepali private airline, began international flights from Pokhara to Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow, India, and has announced plans to fly to New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport in the future.
The apron of the airport is tiny and can only handle 8 small propeller planes at a time. Pokhara Airport is a diversion airport for the main airport KTM in times of problems such as fog. Due to a short runway and crowded apron, flights must often be re-diverted to third airports with even shorter runways.
The airport is capable of handling aircraft from the Nepalese Army Air Service.
Airlines and destinations
|Buddha Air||Kathmandu |
|Gorkha Airlines||Jomsom, Kathmandu|
|Nepal Airlines||Jomsom, Kathmandu, Manang |
|Sita Air||Jomsom, Kathmandu |
|Simrik Airlines||Kathmandu |
|Tara Air||Jomsom, Kathmandu |
|Yeti Airlines||Kathmandu |
Incidents and accidents
- 6 November 1997 – A Necon Air Avro 748-100 (9N-ACM), after a flight from Kathmandu, suffered a hydraulic system failure after landing at Pokhara Airport and ran off the runway. The pilot steered the plane back on the runway after 100 metres (330 ft), but it ran onto the ramp and struck another Avro 748 (9N-ACW) of Nepal Airlines), which was parked engineless. There were no fatalities among the 44 passengers and 4 crew.
- 22 August 2002 – A Shangri-La Air De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300, on a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, crashed into a hill which was under complete cloud cover following 3 days of continuous rain. All 3 crew and 15 passengers were killed.
- 16 February 2014 - A Nepal Airlines de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 (9N-ABB) plane crashed shortly after taking off for a flight from the Nepali resort town of Pokhara to Jumla, in the country’s far west. The crash in bad weather killed all 18 on board.
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Media related to Pokhara Airport at Wikimedia Commons