List Of Airports In Nepal


Airways is undoubtedly the most used transportation system in the entire world. It has made the world a very small place to live in. 

Being a developing country Nepal has been trying all of its effort for the betterment to construct and develop airports in Nepal. Nijgadh Airport issue, Pokhara International Airport, Gautam Buddha International Airport are most of the airport news we’ve been hearing lately.  Every year the Nepalese government has been investing to develop airports in Nepal. 

Pic. Ram BK

As per date there have been a total number of 53 Airports in Nepal. However out of these numbers few are not operational due to various reasons. These airports in Nepal seem to have been constructed without studying their operational feasibility and geography. In the case of Hilly and Mountainous flights only airports like Lukla and Talcha get an adequate number of passengers based on the touristic value these airport hold. 

Operational Airport

The list of operational airports in Nepal are listed below.

  1. Baitadi Airport, Baitadi

  2. Bajhang Airport, Bajhang

  3. Bajura Airport, Bajura

  4. Bharatpur Airport, Chitwan

  5. Bhojpur Airport, Bhojpur

  6. Biratnagar Airport, Morang

  7. Chandragadhi Airport, Jhapa

  8. Dang Airport, Dang

  9. Dhangadhi Airport, Dhangadhi

  10. Dolpa Airport, Dolpa

  11. Doti Airport, Doti

  12. Gautam Buddha International Airport, Bhairahawa

  13. Janakpur Airport, Janakpur

  14. Jomsom Airport, Mustang

  15. Jumla Airport, Jumla

  16. Khanidanda Airport, Khotang

  17. Nepalgunj Airport, Banke

  18. Phaplu Airport, Solukhumbu

  19. Pokhara Airport, Kaski

  20. Rajbiraj Airport, Saptari

  21. Ramechhap Airport, Ramechhap

  22. Rara Airport, Talcha, Mugu

  23. Rukum Salle Airport, Rukum

  24. Rumjatar Airport, Okhaldhunga

  25. Sanphebagar Airport, Achham

  26. Simara Airport, Bara

  27. Simikot Airport, Humla

  28. Surkhet Airport, Surkhet

  29. Taplejung Airport, Taplejung

  30. Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla

  31. Thamkharka Airport, Khotang

  32. Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

  33. Tumlingtar Airport, Sankhuwasabha

Lukla Airport, Credit: @nirojsedhai

However there are 20 other airports in Nepal which were operational until a certain time. But gradually due to decreasing number of passengers and high risk in the mountainous and hilly region they have gone out of service. 

Non Operational Airport

Here is the list of non operating airports in Nepal.

  1. Baglung Airport, Baglung

  2. Darchula Airport, Darchula

  3. Dhorpatan Airport, Baglung

  4. Gorkha Airport, Gorkha

  5. Jiri Airport, Dolakha

  6. Kalikot Airport, 

  7. Kamal Bazar Airport, Achham

  8. Kangeldanda Airport, Kangeldanda

  9. Khij Chandeshwori Airport, Okhaldhunga

  10. Lamidanda Airport, Khotang

  11. Langtang Airport, Rasuwa

  12. Mahendranagar Airport, Mahendranagar

  13. Manang Airport, Manang

  14. Masinechaur Airport, Pahada

  15. Meghauli Airport, Bharatpur

  16. Rolpa Airport, Rolpa

  17. Rukum Chaurjahari Airport

  18. Sukilumba Airport, Illam 

  19. Syangboche Airport, Solukhumbu

  20. Tikapur Airport, Kailali

Phaplu airport, Solukhumbu, Pic. Appa Photography

This data shows that almost 40% of the overall constructed airports in Nepal have gone out of function because of the lack of proper studying done before their construction. This is infact a very sad thing for our country for how economically backward we are. Looking ahead there are several other airport projects currently ongoing in Nepal. Hopefully these projects are properly analyzed and evaluated by experts to ensure its proper operation in the future. With few plans of Airport construction being halted there are several airports which are under construction or are at their final phases before they start providing service. 

Future Airports

The list of airports in Nepal that are under construction or are still in the planning phase are:

  1. Nijgadh Airport, Bara

  2. Pokhara International Airport, Kaski

  3. Gulmi Resunga Airport, Gulmi

  4. Sagarmatha Airport, Udayapur

  5. Arghakhanchi Airport, Sandhikharka

Pic. Ashish Puri