Simikot Airport resumes flight after 4 days of closure due to snowfall

The flight operation at Himalayan District Humla resumed from yesterday after the snow was cleared. The continuous snowfall obstructed airport operation for 4 days. The daily lifestyle of locals became harsh along with difficulty in the supply of daily consumer goods.

Simikot is the only transportation medium to people of Humla.

The snow was cleared from the airport yesterday and airlines companies started their respective flights from yesterday. Nepal Airlines conducted flight to Humla from Nepalgunj whereas private airlines carried consumer goods from Nepalgunj and Surkhet to Simikot Airport.

There was a shortage of daily consumer goods at Simikot due to unfavorable weather conditions resulting closure of flights. Supplies like meat, vegetables, oil and other goods are airlifted to Humla from Nepalgunj and Surkhet.
The airport had been frequently closed this winter due to frequent snowfall.

Various other airports namely Talcha airport of Mugu, Khalanga Airport are also in verge of coming back into operation after various levels people and officials have been working on to bring the airport back in operation. Jhupal Airport of Dolpa also came back into operation since yesterday after clearing the snow.

Simikot Airport is located at an elevation of 9,751 ft (2,971 m) above mean sea level. The airport possess a Single asphalt runway of a length of 650 meters aligned to 010 degrees and 280 degrees serving as one of the country’s busiest domestic airport these days.

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