Lukla Airport facing overcrowding on tourism season

8th Apr, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Apr 08: The narrow landing ground at Lukla Airport in Solukhumbu has been presenting issues to aircraft flying there. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Lukla has said that the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla, can accomodate only 4 airplanes and 4 helicopters in its ground.

With the start of the tourism season, airline companies have been facing difficulties in increasing flights to Lukla. On the other hand, helicopters are forced to land on school compound, hospital grounds, and private helipads belonging to hotels, said the Chief of CAAN Lukla, Yogendra Kunwar.

The Tenzing-Hillary Airport Lukla has to serve a relatively high number of flights as it is the sole airports for passengers from Kathmandu, tourists returning to Kathmandu from Sagarmatha area, patients visiting the Pasang Lhamu Nicole Nikki Hospital, etc. Due to these reasons, the airport has a constant stream of helicopters passing through it.

The airport does not face much crowding during off-season. However, with the start of the tourism season, helicopters are forced to land at odd places including school and hospital grounds. Chief Kunwar said that Lukla urgently needs a helipad capable of holding 12 helicopters.