Nepalgunj Airport

Nepalgunj Airport (IATA: KEP, ICAO: VNNG) is a domestic airport serving Nepalgunj in Nepal. There are plans by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal to promote the airport to an international airport and establishing immigration, customs and quarantine facilities.[3]

Nepalgunj Airport
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Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Nepal
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of Nepal
ServesNepalgunj, Nepal
Elevation AMSL518 ft / 158 m
Coordinates28°06′13″N 081°40′01″E / 28.10361°N 81.66694°E / 28.10361; 81.66694
Nepalgunj Airport is located in Nepal
Nepalgunj Airport
Nepalgunj Airport
Location of airport in Nepal
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 1,700 5,577 Asphalt


The airport has been in service since 1961.[4] In land area it is the third largest airport in Nepal, after Dhangadhi Airport. It also has the second greatest number of aircraft and passenger movements. After the introduction of FK-100 jet aircraft, passenger movement at this airport increased by 13.39% in 2005 (up to November) against the figure in the year 2004.[citation needed]

In 2005, Flying Dragon Airlines set up its operating base at the airport, however the airline ceased to operate one year later.

Future developmentsEdit

Since 2018, the airport is being upgraded to serve as an international airport, as Buddha Air is preparing to start direct flights to Delhi. There are plans to construct a new international terminal with separate customs facilities as well as extending the runway.[5][6]


The airport is at an elevation of 540 ft (165 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 08/26 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,504 m × 30 m (4,934 ft × 98 ft).[7]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Buddha Air Kathmandu, Pokhara–International[8]
Guna AirlinesKathmandu
Nepal Airlines Bajura, Dolpa, Jumla, Musikot, Simikot[9]
Saurya Airlines Kathmandu[10]
Shree Airlines Kathmandu
Sita Air Bajura, Chhayanath Rara, Dolpa, Jumla, Kathmandu, Simikot[11]
Summit Air Bajura, Chhayanath Rara, Dolpa, Jumla, Kathmandu, Simikot[12]
Tara Air Bajura, Chhayanath Rara, Dolpa, Jumla, Simikot[13]
Yeti Airlines Kathmandu[14]


Passenger numbersEdit

2014 165,867
2015   176,372
2016   233,533
2017   369,355
2018   426,661
2019   453,433


  1. ^ Airport information for VNNG from CAA Nepal (effective January 2023)
  2. ^ Airport information for Nepalgunj (Nepalganj), Nepal (VNNG / KEP) at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "Buddha Air plans ATR 72 Nepalgunj-Delhi service". The Kathmandu Post. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  4. ^ "About Airport". Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Buddha Air Nepalgunj-Delhi flight initiation delays". Aviation Nepal. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Nepalgunj Airport expedites upgrading to regional international airport". Aviation Nepal. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  7. ^ Airport information for VNNG from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  8. ^ "Buddha Air Flight Routes". Buddha Air. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Domestic Schedule". Nepal Airlines. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Scheduled flights". Saurya Airlines. Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  11. ^ "Flight Schedule". Sita Air. Retrieved 17 March 2023.
  12. ^ "Summit Air Winter Schedule". Summit Air. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  13. ^ "Flight Schedule". Tara Air. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Scheduled flights". Yeti Airlines. Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  15. ^ "Nepalgunj Airport" (PDF). Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Retrieved 1 June 2018.

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