Tara Air

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Tara Air
Tara Air logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2009
Hubs Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Secondary hubs Nepalgunj Airport, Pokhara Airport
Fleet size 6
Destinations 14
Company slogan Helping Build the Rural Nepal
Parent company Yeti Airlines
Headquarters Kathmandu, Nepal
Key people Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa
Website www.taraair.com

Tara Air Pvt. Ltd. is an airline with its head office in Kathmandu, Nepal.[2] It is a subsidiary of Yeti Airlines. Tara Air was formed in 2009 using aircraft from the Yeti Airlines fleet and is based at Tribhuvan International Airport, with secondary hubs at Surkhet and Nepalgunj airports. The airline operates scheduled flights and air charter services with a fleet of STOL aircraft, previously provided by Yeti Airlines. Its operations focus on serving remote and mountainous airports and airstrips.


Tara Air was formed in 2009 when Yeti Airlines split its STOL aircraft operations from its regional operations.[3] The airline's STOL operations were rebranded as Tara Air and focused on providing services into remote and mountainous airports and airstrips.[4]


The airline operates scheduled domestic flights to a number of destinations as well as offering air charter services. Tara Air operates daily scheduled flights between Kathmandu and Lukla, and between Jomsom and Pokhara. Other destinations are served at varying frequency.[5]

Destination Airport Notes
Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport Hub
Nepalgunj Nepalgunj Airport Focus city
Pokhara Pokhara Airport Focus city
Bajura Bajura Airport
Bhojpur Bhojpur Airport [6]
Dolpa Dolpa Airport
Jomsom Jomsom Airport
Jumla Jumla Airport
Lukla Tenzing-Hillary Airport
Lamidanda Lamidanda Airport
Phaplu Phaplu Airport
Rara Talcha Airport
Rumjatar Rumjatar Airport
Simikot Simikot Airport


The Tara Air fleet includes (as of August 2017):[7]

Tara Air fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Dornier Do 228 2 0 19 19
de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter 3 0 19 19
Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter 1 0 18 18 Two originally delivered. One crashed on February 24, 2016(Tara Air Flight 193)[8]
Total 6 0

Seasonally operated[edit]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 26 May 2010 a DHC-6 Twin Otter took off from Birendranagar Airport in Surkhet heading for Talcha Airport in Rara with 18 passengers and 3 crew on board. At 10 am the aircraft had to make an emergency landing at Birendranagar Airport after its cabin door suddenly opened five minutes after take-off. Tara Air officials said that the cabin attendant managed to lock the door immediately after it opened to avert any possible mishaps.[9]
  • On 15 December 2010 a DHC-6 Twin Otter crashed shortly after takeoff from Lamidanda Airport in Nepal; it was en route to Kathmandu.[10] All 19 passengers and 3 flight crew were killed.[11]
  • On 23 June 2011, a Tara Air Dornier Do 228 9N-AGQ was substantially damaged in a heavy landing and runway excursion at Simikot Airport, Nepal. The aircraft was operating a cargo flight from Nepalgunj Airport.[12]
  • On 21 September 2012, a DHC-6 Twin Otter en route from Dolpa to Nepalgunj was damaged during takeoff when the pilot lost directional control. No one was hurt in the incident.[13]
  • On 24 February 2016, Tara Air Flight 193 went missing shortly after take off whilst traveling to Pokhara-Jomsom. It was later found that the aircraft crashed into the mountainous northern region killing 23 people including 2 babies and 3 crew members.[14]



1. ^ Tara Air has no registered ICAO code allocated, but uses 'TRA' on scheduling, ticketing and baggage (as an official ICAO code would be used). However, officially, the ICAO Code 'TRA' is allocated to Transavia.[5]

  1. ^ "Airline Code Search Result". Av Codes. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Profile on Tara Air | CAPA". Centre for Aviation. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Tara Air. Archived from the original on 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Explore Nepal Archived 2011-12-29 at WebCite." (Archive) Tara Air. Retrieved on 29 December 2011. "Tara Air Pvt. Ltd. Tilganga, Kathmandu, GPO Box 20011"
  5. ^ a b "Flight Schedule". Tara Air. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Tara Air starts flight to Bhojpur". The Himalayan Times. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 22. 
  8. ^ https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20160224-0
  9. ^ Nepalnews.com[permanent dead link], accessed December 6, 2010
  10. ^ Aviation Safety Network
  11. ^ "All passengers killed in Nepal plane crash". BBC News. 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  12. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: Tara D228 at Simikot on Jun 23rd 2011, hard landing results in runway excursion and gear collapse". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Accident description". Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  14. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/24/asia/nepal-missing-plane/

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