Airports in Nepal 2022 Update

So are you planning to travel? here is a list of airports in every city. There are currently 51 airports in Nepal including Nepal’s only 2 international airports.

Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and Gautam Buddha International Airport in Siddharthanagar, Lumbini are the only 2 operating airports in Nepal. Pokhara International airport is under construction and is planning to operate as soon as possible.

The Nepal government has plans to construct another International Airport in the Bara district namely Nijgadh International Airport, which will be 75 km away from the city. Nijgardh Intl. The airport is scheduled to be in operation in 2025, currently acquiring land.

There are currently 5 airports under construction in 5 different cities in Nepal. And with time it is easier to book airplane tickets online as well.

International Airports in Nepal

No.Airport NameCity
1Tribhuwan International AirportKathmandu
2Gautam Buddha Int. AirportSiddharthanagar
3Pokhara International AirportPokhara (Under Construction)
International Airports in Nepal 2022

As we all know that Nepal is a landlocked country between India and China. International airports are the one medium through which Nepal is connected to different parts of the world.

And to think there was only 1 international airport in operation is scary. To fix the burden on one airport Nepal has now 2 other constructed one of which has started its operation.

The listed are some of the major and biggest airports in Nepal

1. Tribhuwan International Airports

Tribhuwan International Airports 1st international airport

TIA originally was called “Gauchaur”, On 15 June 1955 King Mahendra inaugurated and renamed it Tribhuvan Airport in Memory of King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah. Later in 1964, it was changed to Tribhuwan International Airport.

Currently, there are two public terminals, for international and domestic traffics. The international traffic has the capacity to handle up to 1350 departing passengers/hour. But according to reports it is handling around 2200/hour at peak hours because of the increasing demand of passengers.

This is the only airport in Kathmandu City.

2. Gautam Buddha International Airport

GBIA nepal's second international airport
Renovated, GBIA in Lumbini, Nepal

The newly renovated GBIA’s estimated cost was about 97Millions. They took the loan for the Construction of the Runway, PTB, Apron, and control tower. Also to improve the existing domestic runway into a parallel taxiway.

3. Pokhara International Airport

New Pokhara International Airport 2022
Newly Constructed PIA in Pokhara, Nepal

The newly built Pokhara Int. The airport is said to be a project which is an estimated cost of around 216Millions USD of which it has a Loan of 145Million.

The Construction of this new Airport has a runway length of 2,500m, and is located 3km southeast of the present regional Pokhara Airport.

List of Airports in Nepal

  1. Baglung Airport
  2. Bajura Airport
  3. Bhadrapur Airport
  4. Bharatpur Airport
  5. Meghauli Airport
  6. Bhojpur Airport
  7. Biratnagar Airport – regional airport
  8. Surkhet Airport
  9. Dhorpatan Airport
  10. Jumla Airport
  11. Rukum Chaurjahari Airport
  12. Dhangadhi Airport
  13. Dolpa Airport
  14. Doti Airport
  15. Darchula Airport
  16. Sukilumba Airport
  17. Janakpur Airport
  18. Bajhang Airport
  19. Simara Airport
  20. Jiri Airport
  21. Jomsom Airport
  22. Kamal Bazar Airport
  23. Kangeldanda Airport
  24. Tribhuvan International Airport – International
  25. Man Maya Airport
  26. Thamkharka Airport
  27. Lamidanda Airport
  28. Langtang Airport
  29. Tenzing-Hillary Airport – Lukla dangerous airports in Nepal
  30. Mahendranagar Airport
  31. Manang Airport
  32. Ramechhap Airport
  33. Rukum Salle Airport
  34. Nepalgunj Airport – regional airport
  35. Masinechaur Airport
  36. Palungtar Airport
  37. Baitadi Airport
  38. Pokhara Airport – regional airport
  39. Rajbiraj Airport
  40. Talcha Airport
  41. Rolpa Airport
  42. Rumjatar Airport
  43. Sanphebagar Airport
  44. Gautam Buddha International Airport – International
  45. Simikot Airport
  46. Phaplu Airport
  47. Syangboche Airport
  48. Taplejung Airport
  49. Tikapur Airport
  50. Dang Airport
  51. Tumlingtar Airport

Airline Market Share 2022

Here are the top 5 airlines in Nepal which are able to grab the most passengers. Both International and Domestic airlines with their changer percentage have been added.

According to The Kathmandu Post, domestic airlines carried an astonishing 3.54 million passengers in the year 2021.

Top international carriers with no. of passenger stats

No.AirlinesNo. of Passengers
1Qatar Airways (QTR)303,556
2Nepal Airlines (NP)284,961
3Himalaya Airlines (NP)255,678
4Fly Dubai (UAE)150,291
5Air Arabia (UAE) 99,795
top international airlines in Nepal 2022 – data from wiki

Top Domestic Airlines in Nepal

As you can see below, Buddha Airlines remains the top domestic airplane flying in Nepal’s domestic region. They’ve seen a huge rise of 1.91 million passengers which is 20.21 percent more than in 2019.

Buddha airlines have 15 aircraft and are expecting 3 million passengers in 2022. Their current market share is a whopping 54 percent. According to Wiki, there are around 49 domestic airports in Nepal.

No.AirlinesNo. of Passengers
1Buddha Airlines1,910,000 (+20.21%)
2Yeti Airlines801,164 (+3.93%)
3Shree Airlines540,398 (+13.75%)
4Saurya Airlines134,153 (+71.14%)
5Guna Airlines55,288 (+%)
Top Domestic Airlines in 2022 – stats

FAQ

There are currently 51 operating airports in Nepal, additional 5 airports under construction in 5 different cities.

There are currently only 2 international airports, Tribhuwan and Gautam Buddha International Airport. Pokhara International Airport is still under construction.

The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu has only 1 airport and that is Tribhuwan International Airport. One terminal for Domestic and another for International.

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