Airport Guide

The Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), situated 5.56 km east of Kathmandu city is in the heart of the Kathmandu Valley. TIA is amid the confluence of three ancient cities viz. Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan, rich in their art and culture not only gifted for their temples and pagoda - but above all they posses smiling men and women, the pride of the nation. Hence TIA not only has flourished as the main hub for every expanding business of the country but has proudly catered to various domestic and international airlines.

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TIA Quick Facts

  • Coordinates
  • Elevation
  • Reference Temperaturee
  • Runway Designation
  • Runway Dimension
  • Runway Surface Strength
  • Apron Capacity - Int'l
  • - Domestic
  • Helipad
  • Fire Fighting Category
  • Service
  • Aeronautical communication Service
  • Aeronautical Information Service
  • 274150N - 0852128E
  • 4390 ft.AMSL
  • 27.8 C
  • 02/20
  • 10000 ft. x 150 ft.
  • 54 F/A/W/T
  • 9 Medium and Wide Body Category Aircraft
  • 17 Small Aircraft
  • 13 Helicopters
  • Cat IX
  • Air Traffic Control Service (aerodrome Control, Approach Control and Area Control)
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Raj Kumar Chhetri

General Manager


Goals & Objectives

TIA under Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has its various goals and objectives which can be underlined as follows:

  • To ensure safe, efficient and orderly movement of Air Traffic.
  • Administration of regulations and standards pertaining to various aspects of Airport Operation and Management.
  • To develop necessary infrastructure for the facilities and services needed at TIA for the promotion of tourism.
  • To keep TIA environmentally clean and devoid of pollution.
  • To coordinate agencies and organisations affiliated with TIA for carrying out interdisciplinary functions.

Chronological Development Of TIA

The chronicles of the Nepalese aviation reveal us some of the most interesting facts and figures especially how this tiny green. cow-grazing pastures, the "Gaucharan", metamorphosed into the present TIA. Some of the major events can be identified as:

1949

The landing of the single engine aircraft in Kathmandu Airport the door to aviation in Nepal.

  • 1949

    A Dakota Aircraft (DC3) of an Indian Registration commenced the first ever Schedule Service Ofl 20th February, linking Kathmandu to Patna, Calcutta and Delhi.

  • 1951

    Witnessed the historical and auspicious landing of Late H.M. King Trihhuvan B.B. Shah in the month of February, ushering in the waves of Democracy into Nepal.

  • 1952

    Commencement of the Domestic schedule flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Bhairahawa, Simara and Biratnagar.

  • 1955

    Kathmandu Airport named as Tribhuvan Airport in June 15.

  • 1957

    The formal establishment of the Department of Civil Aviation.

  • 1964

    Declaring Tribhuvan Airport as Tribhuvan International Airport

  • 1966

    The runway l6/34 of 3700 ft. was abandoned for the Runway 02/20 of 6600 ft. in length.

  • 1972

    Air Traffic Services were taken over by the Nepalese personnel from Indian personnel.

  • 1975

     With the joint effort of the ADB and OPEC, the Runway 02/20 extended to 10,000 ft. in length.

  • 1981

    Re-strengthening of Runway 02/20

  • 1985

    The overlay of Runway 02/20 apron extension, with the development of the terminal complex.

  • 1987

    Taxiway overlay with completion of the Operation/Airlines and Control Tower building.

  • 1989

    Completion of International Terminal Building and first landing of Concorde.

  • 1990

    On February 18, the inauguration of the newly built TIA complex by His Majesty King Birendra B.B.Shah Dev.

  • 1992

    Private airlines started services in domestic sector.

  • 1993

    Landing of heavy jest C5 and AN 124 during the flood disaster in central Nepal.

  • 1994

    International and domestic apron expansion; rating and licencing system of air traffic controllers introduced.

  • 1995

    Work started for the installation of ASR/SSR radar system; domestic terminal building expansion; V-SAT terminal and AMSS system installation.

  • 1997

    Radar on test operation.

  • 1998

    Rt. Hon'ble Prime Minister G.P. Koirala inaugurated the Radar systems at TIA on 9th September; ASR/SSR brought into operation.

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