Simikot airport which is the only transportation medium to people of Humla has resumed its flight operations from today.
Due to frequent rainfall of the past couple of days, Simikot airport was out of operations from Tuesday morning. After the improvement in weather from yesterday’s morning, the flight from Simkot to Nepalgunj and Surkhet were conducted after the air service was resumed in Simkot Airport.
Sita Air and Tara Air conducted their first flights from Nepalgunj on April 18,2019 (Yesterday). Sita Air conducted its first flight at 6:30 AM.
Due to the closure of airport, Simikot market faced scarcity of consumable goods and recharge cards. Although, Tara Air, Summit Air and Sita Air have been conducting scheduled flights, however, Tara and Sita Air are operating flights in Nepalgunj at present time.
The district is the only district which is not connected by road network and lack of proper land transport facility has made airways as a primary means of transportation to locals and such problems have made it hard for air passengers.
The airport was frequently closed in winter season due to continuous snowfall making difficulty in the supply of daily consumer goods. Various other airports namely Talcha airport of Mugu, Khalanga Airport are also in the verge of coming back into operation after various levels people and officials have been working on to bring the airport back in operation. Simikot Airport is located at an elevation of 9,751 ft (2,971 m) above mean sea level. The airport possesses a Single asphalt runway of a length of 650 meters aligned to 010 degrees and 280 degrees.