Kathmandu Airport Reviews

AVERAGE RATING

         

1.6 out of 5 stars

Based on 12 user reviews

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Reviews from the Community

    • Guest
    • 2 helpful votes

    Kathmandu Airport

             

    03.12.2017

    Arrival – Total chaos. Step 1 – stand in line to put information into computer terminals that sometimes work. Some people also filling out paperwork, some not, no direction what to do so fill it out. Step 2 – Stand in next line to pay for visa. Step 3 – stand in line for immigration. Departure – The rumours about the staff trying to take bribes is true. I was told that my passport picture looked nothing liked me and he wasn't sure if I would be allowed to leave. I explained I had travelled all over the world with it and it's fine. He said well I don't know perhaps you have something that could move this along. I laughed so hard and said get your boss right now, at that point, miraculously my picture looked like me again! After customs I went through 4 (FOUR!) seperate pat downs. The plane pulls up about 20 feet from the door but they make you get in the airline bus for the shortest bus ride in history. There they've set up tables to go through your luggage as they apparently don't have any scanners. They don't wear gloves so you have dirty hands going through all of your belongings. You should see peoples faces when they finally arrive on the plan. I said to my flight attendant "that airport is a total shit show" he laughed and said the only worse airport he's ever seen is in Kabul. Well that's great!

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    • Guest
    • 0 helpful votes

    You don't want to stay there longer than necessary

             

    01.07.2016

    Pros: The most convient way to travel to and from Nepal

    Cons: Dirty, loud, warm, inefficient, no-one knows nothing - to be continued

    (Review by Enni) Travelling to and from Tribhuvan airport is always an adventure. On arrival, I filled in the visa application at one one the computers – the only one that worked. As I have been in Nepal before, I precautionary took an ordinary arrival card as well. I needed it, because the computers were down, when it was my turn. The security check on the way out was ridiculous, nobody even looked at the screens. Flying out is even more adventurous. It is wise to be there early, things take an amazing amount of time. Several blackouts during check-in and some filthy men, asking to help to carry my bag. I decided to spent a couple of hours in the lounge, to actually get a chance to sit and relax before the flight. The lounge offers cold and warm food, a good selection of non-alcoholic drinks and lots of fresh fruit. It is probably the only place in this airport where you can find clean toilets and a shower (10US). After security, I had another 30min to spent. The uncomfortable metal benches are definitely not made to sleep on. Security bribed me to get a seat on the bench. Sitting or lying on the floor is no alternative. Announcements are rarely made and impossible to understand. If you have to spent the night in Kathmandu, do yourself a favour and take a taxi to Thamel, where you find loads of cheap hotels. If it is just a couple of hours, I recommend using the lounge. It costs about 25, which I'd happily spent to avoid unnecessary time in departure hall.

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    Kathmandu Airport

             

    01.01.2016

    Inadequate signage: you need to look out the windows for your airplane to know which gate it will board from. Announcements are only made at boarding and it's easy to miss. The bathrooms are cleaned, but due to the volume of use and poor facilities, they should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. The food is mediocre even for Kathmandu and overpriced. The seats in the waiting area are bent, crooked, rusty, and uncomfortable. The worst is the baggage claim. Plan on at least 60 minutes for luggage to arrive. The security clearance (after immigration) has separate queues for men and women. Due to the high volume of migrants, the men's queue will take about 20 minutes longer. Plan accordingly. Improvements: there is little they could do to make it worse–anything would help.

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    • Guest
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    Kathmandu Airport

             

    01.11.2015

    The main problems (even before the earthquakes) are the lack of seating, signage, food, clean toilets, and the terrible baggage system. Seating: old, uncomfortable metal, and mostly warped in some way–if you can even get a seat. Signage: it's best to already know the flight gate from experience or visually spotting where the plane pulls up. Gates are known, but seldom announced before boarding begins. Outside security there are a couple of overpriced sandwiches or rice options; inside security there is on guy who sells rice or noodles and drinks. I haven't gotten sick from it yet, but I eagerly await the airplane food. Toilets: some of my darkest memories are from having to use the toilets at the airport. Mostly pit toilets, no toilet paper, then you can spray it all off with a cleaning hose nearby thus everything is wet. Again, wait for the clean nice airplane instead. Baggage: It will take 1 hour to get bags at a minimum after dozens of times, I'd never had it take less time. It's crowded, dirty and chaotic. I've seen people crawl into the back area to find their bags. The domestic airport's bags are loaded to a trailer that is attached to the shuttle carrying you from the airplane to the 'baggage claim.' The baggage claim is an outside trough for bags to be dumped then you scramble to get the agent to hand you your bag. Still better than the int'l terminal. In general, it really old and dirty, no entertainment, little food, few seats, little information, no concourse to walk around, little shopping and nothing to do.

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    • Guest
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    Kathmandu Airport

             

    02.07.2015

    Small, hectic and need to improve for services areas, like: waiting lounges, eateries and souvenir shops, and wifi. Toilet cleanliness must become the first priorities, too; because of bad layout, the floor is wet everytime, eventhough the cleaner keeps it swept

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