Pokhara Airport in 2019
|Owner||Government of Nepal|
|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||2,712 ft / 827 m|
Pokhara Airport (IATA: PKR, ICAO: VNPK), is a domestic airport serving Pokhara in Nepal. Following a new agreement on air travel between India and Nepal, Pokhara Airport will be replaced by Nepal's second international airport, Pokhara International Airport in 2021.
The airport was established on 4 July 1958 by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. It offers regular connections to Kathmandu and Jomsom; and seasonal connections to Manang. 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 relatively small and can only handle eight propeller planes at a time. Pokhara Airport is a diversion airport for the country's main airport in Kathmandu 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.
Airlines and destinations
Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines provide mountain sightseeing flights or Annapurna sightseeing flights out of Pokhara Airport. They usually depart in the early morning hours and return to the airport one hour later.
Incidents and accidents
- On 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 four crew.
- On 22 August 2002, a Shangri-La Air Twin Otter aircraft, on a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, crashed into a hill that was under complete cloud cover following three days of continuous rain. All three crew and 15 passengers were killed.
- On 16 February 2014, Nepal Airlines Flight 183 crashed shortly after taking off for a flight Pokhara to Jumla, in the country’s far west. The crash in bad weather killed all 18 on board.
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