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Coordinates: 27°41′47″N 085°21′32″E / 27.69639°N 85.35889°E / 27.69639; 85.35889

Tribhuvan International Airport
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Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)
Serves Kathmandu, Nepal
Elevation AMSL 4,390 ft / 1,338 m
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,050 10,007 Asphalt
Sources: CAAN [1] and DAFIF [2][3]

Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA: KTMICAO: VNKT) is an international airport situated in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Tribhuvan is the sole international airport in Nepal. There are two terminals, one domestic and one international. Radisson Hotel Kathmandu operates an executive lounge for First and Business class passengers for different airlines and Thai Airways International operates a business lounge for its Business class passengers as well as Star Alliance Gold card holders. A recent extension to the international terminal has made the distance to the airplanes shorter. At present, about 22 international airlines connect Nepal to various other destinations in Asia and the Middle East. The airport is about six kilometres from the city center in the Kathmandu valley.


Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air China Chengdu, Lhasa
Agni Air Bhairahawa, Bharatpur, Janakpur, Jumla, Nepalgunj
ArkeFly Amsterdam
Bahrain Air Bahrain
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Dhaka
Buddha Air Bhadrapur, Biratnagar, Bhairahawa, Bharatpur, Janakpur, Pokhara, Simara
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
Dragonair Hong Kong
Druk Air Paro
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Flydubai Dubai
GMG Airlines Dhaka
Gorkha Airlines Bhairahawa, Bharatpur, Janakpur, Jumla, Tumlingtar
Gulf Air Bahrain
Indian Airlines Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi
Jet Airways Delhi, Mumbai
JetLite Delhi
Kingfisher Airlines Delhi [begins 24 April], Mumbai [begins 24 April]
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon
Nepal Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Bhadrapur, Bharatpur, Bhojpur, Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Lukla, Phaplu, Ramechhap, Rumjatar, Simara, Surkhet, Tumlingtar
Oman Air Muscat [begins 9 May]
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Karachi
Qatar Airways Doha
SilkAir Singapore
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Yeti Airlines Bhadrapur, Bhairawa, Bharatpur, Birantnagar, Lamidanda, Lukla, Meghauli, Nepalganj, Phaplu, Pokhara, Rumjatar, Simara

Incidents and accidents

  • 5 September 1999 - Necon Air Flight 128 from Pokhara to Kathmandu, an BAe 748-501 Super 2B (9N-AEG), collided with a communication tower of Nepal Telecommunication Corporation and crashed in a wooded area 25km west of Kathmandu, while approaching Tribhuvan International Airport. All 10 passengers and 5 crew were killed. [5]
  • 26 December 1999 - An Indian Airlines plane was hijacked to Kandahar.
  • 24 December 2008 - A Nepal Airlines DHC6 Twin otter 300(9N ABM) went off runway during takeoff [6]

External links


  1. ^ Tribhuvan International Airport at Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal
  2. ^ Airport information for VNKT at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.. Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for KTM at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  4. ^ Aviation Safety Network retrieved 18 November 2006
  5. ^ Aviation Safety Network retrieved 18 November 2006
  6. ^ The Aviation Herald retrieved 26 December 2008


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