Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is an international airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, located in the Kathmandu Valley about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the city center of Kathmandu. The airport has served as an airfield since 1949, and was inaugurated in 1955 by King Mahendra of Nepal. It received its current name in 1964. Originally a grass runway, it was re-laid in concrete in 1957 and has been extended several times. The first jet aircraft landed at Tribhuvan in 1967 and regular jet operations commenced in 1972.
The airport has one domestic and one international terminal. At present, over 30 international airlines connect Nepal to destinations in Asia and the Middle East, and the airport serves as a hub for several Nepalese airlines. It is the sole international airport in Nepal; several projects are ongoing to construct further international airports, including Nijgadh International Airport, Pokhara International Airport and Gautam Buddha Airport.
Coordinates – 274150N – 0852128E
Elevation – 4390 ft.AMSL
Reference Temperature – 27.8 C
Runway Designation – 02/20
Runway Dimension – 10000 ft. x 150 ft.
Runway Surface Strength – 54 F/A/W/T
Apron Capacity – Int’l – 9 Medium and Wide Body Category Aircraft