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Yongphulla Airport

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Airport type  Public
Elevation AMSL  2,743 m / 9,000 ft
1,266  4,154
Elevation  2,743 m
Operator  Government
12/30  1,266
4,154  Asphalt
Serves  Trashigang
Yongphulla Airport
Address  Samdrupjongkhar-Trashigang Highway, Bhutan

Flightgear landing and take off at yongphulla airport


Yongphulla Airport (IATA: YON, ICAO: VQTY) (also known as Yonphula Airport) is a domestic airport in Bhutan, one of only four airports in the country. It is located near the town of Trashigang in Trashigang District. As of January 2015, the airport remains closed due to ongoing runway repair.

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History

Until recently Yongphulla Airport was simply an airstrip, located high atop mountainous terrain and largely unused. In the early 2000s, the airport was renovated with the aim of becoming a viable domestic airport. It was scheduled for completion in January 2010, but as of August 2010 work was still ongoing. The airport was eventually completed and inaugurated in December 2011, however, six months later it closed for runway surface repairs, after Drukair suspended operations citing safety concerns. During construction, budget constraints had allowed only half of the runway to receive 'patchwork repairs'. The airport was originally constructed by the Indian Army in the 1960s and the runway had not been resurfaced since that time.

While the airport reopened in January 2013, following a complete resurfacing of the runway, Drukair scheduled flights to Yongphulla are currently suspended because of regulatory requirements and further safety concerns. The ATR 42-500 used by Drukair for domestic services, while able to land on the 3.8 percent gradient runway, is prohibited from doing so in commercial flight operations, as there is a limitation in the aircraft manual of 2 percent. Additionally, Drukair has highlighted concerns with a 'hump' in the runway, on the grounds that it may cause long-term structural damage to their aircraft. Drukair has also asked for the two hillocks either side of the runway to be removed on the grounds that the airport is prone to strong crosswinds and these represent a hazard to aircraft in such conditions.

In October 2013, it was announced that the airport would be closed to all air traffic until 2015, due to the lack of fire service cover and to allow significant structural repairs to the airfield.

Facilities

The airport resides at an elevation of 9,000 ft (2,700 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 12/30 with an Asphalt surface measuring 4,154 by 120 feet (1,266 m × 37 m).

References

Yongphulla Airport Wikipedia


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