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Facts about Lukla airport

Lukla is a small town in eastern Nepal right at the foot of the famous Mount Everest. Lukla a gate way to Mount everest also has one domestic airport before knows as Lukla airport .

The Sherpas, a tribe living on the southern part of the Himalayan, were involved in the construction work of the airport. Before the existence of an airport, Lukla can only be reached by road traveling from Kathmandu to Jiri and five day hiking from Jiri to Lukla through rugged hill . In 2008, Nepal government renamed the airport after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first two men ever to set foot on top of Mount Everest and who had initiated the construction of the airport in 1964. So the official name of the airport now is Tenzing-Hillary Airport.Here are some latest fact about the so called world most dangerous airport in world Lukla or Tenzing hillary airport

1)Lukla airport is Known as World Most Dangerous Airport

2 Lukla airport was build on 1964 under the supervision of Sir Edmund Hillary from Newzeland who climbed the mOunt Everest in 1953 together with Tenzing Norgay

3) in Janaury 2008, Lukla airport renames in honor of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary

4) Lukla airport has 9, 334 Ft Evevation .

5) The airport is not connected with Road connectivity

6) The runway is a short and sloppy asphalt strip. It is only 1,500 feet long and 65 feet wide with a gradient of 12% from north to south. Due to its size, it can only accommodate small airplane and helicopters.

Lukla town

7)The topography of the place makes any go-around impossible. At the south, the runway is the end of an angled drop of about 2000 feet. This cliff is fenced off as a precautionary measure. At the northern end of the runway there is a huge mountain terrain. It leaves no room for error.

8) The landing plane comes from the north to the south of the runway, so the plane will have go round the mountain and land on an uphill runway. Being uphill helps stop the aircraft before it hits the fence and falls into the steeply cliff. Pilot has to reserve propeller even before touch down. There is a possibility that a plane could fly too low due to a false visual perception. Any mistake in the approach procedure will result in either the plane crashing the mountain or falling into the cliff.

9)The take-off plane starts from the south to the north of the runway, so the plane will go downhill. It has to gather enough speed before reaching the end of the runway. If the plane fails to go airborne it will drop and just hope that it gets enough power to get back up again.

10)The runway is also used by pedestrians to go from one part of the town to the other. To warn the passers by, a loud siren would be activated when a plane is about to land.

11) The weather is highly unpredictable and can suddenly change by minute. Fog, high wind and cloud are common. Low visibility often causes flight delay or non-operation of the airport.

12) There would be at least 50 flights or more per day in Lukla Airport.

13). There are no air navigation or radar system; there is a use of radio communication for landing and take-offs.

14) 6. When flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, sit on the left side of the plane, and right side when flying back to Kathmandu. It will reward you with breath-taking views of the mountains. Indeed, it will be a scenic flight.

lukla airport


15. You get a 15kg baggage allowance in a flight to Lukla.

16. Lukla Airport has a short runway with its length of 527m. It can cause difficulty in the landing of the planes and even take-offs.

17) Before Aiport in Lukla was accessible, the only way to Lukla from Kathmandu was traveling by road, and almost a week (5 days) hiking from Jiri to Lukla.

18) The asphalt paved runway is only 1,500 feet long and 65 feet wide with a gradient of 12% from north to south.

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