Due to runway maintenance in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, all flights to/from Lukla is being diverted from Kathmandu Airport to Manthali Airport, Ramechhapfrom April 1, 2019, to July 30, 2019.
A formal statement to that effect has already been circulated by the airlines. The Airport remains closed from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am starting from 1st april 2019. Lukla being the STOL sector and almost all flight scheduled from 6:00am, if operated after the opening of airport would also cause the heavy air traffic and we never can count on lukla weather so all the flights has been routed from Manthali Airport ramechapp instead of Kathmandu.
The date and time of the flights will remain the same as per the tickets confirmed. However, this will require you to travel to Ramechhap from Kathmandu on your way to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.
Everything you need to know regarding the changes:
For passenger who have booked your flights with Nepflights,this is what we are planning to do:
The flight cost of USD 180 that you have paid for Kathmandu to Lukla flight through Nepflights will include:
About Manthali Airport
Manthali Airport is located in the Tamakoshi River Valley in Manthali, the capital of Ramechhap District at an altitude of 474 m. It is located 132 kms east of Kathmandu and it takes 4.5 hours to get there from Kathmandu by road.
It is a small town that doesn’t see many visitors ordinarily. Hence, accommodation facilities available are limited and the service level is not very high. With the large number of trekkers who will come here to catch their flights, it is highly likely that you not find accommodation in Manthali during the peak season of April- May.
Getting to Manthali, Ramechhap
This option will require you to stay overnight in Manthali.
No doubt, people know Nepal for the most danger airport. The Tenzing Hillary Airport also known as Lukla airport is consider the most trilling airport which is the way to Everest Base Camp.
Recently BBC published the article listing The World’s Most Extreme Runways.
Nepal’s Tenzing Hillary Airport is built for adventurers. Tucked high in the Himalayan town of Lukla, the airport’s 460m runway has a steep 12% incline, making it only accessible to helicopters and small, fixed-wing planes. To the north of the runway, there are mountains, and to the south is a steep, nearly 600m drop, leaving absolutely no room for error.
Read this news in bbc here