Kathmandu Airport Reviews

AVERAGE RATING

         

1.7 out of 5 stars

Based on 16 user reviews

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    No free wifi

             

    17.6.2018

    No free wifi provided by airlines and Tribhuvan International airport itself

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    07.03.2018

    Oddly we needed to queue to get into the airport and luggage was directly scanned but second security check before the gates was necessary, too. After this last security check there is nothing to do than stand around and wait. Everything is dirty, the toilets smell as if they have never been cleaned, ever. Seating areas for gate 1, 2 and 3 are totally crowded, so I don’t know about their condition. Tried waiting in the seating areas for gate 4 and 5, those were dysfunctional (standing so near to each other that one could not sit) and dirty, too. Only one shop/ eatery existed after last security check and it was very suspicious regarding the food, would not recommend eating there. The other articles they sold were extremely pricey for Nepalese standards. I read there *should* be WiFi but didn’t even appear on my phone. Recommendation: Eat, drink and shop *before* finishing the last security check and bring some time with you for that. Security check queues are separately for men and women, we flew in the evening and almost all passengers were male, so their queue was really long (especially in comparison to the women’s queue). On the bright side: Staff was neutral to friendly and there was actually soap at the toilets.

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    Kathmandu Airport

             

    20.12.2017

    I thought I’d add what I could to your Kathmandu page. We were just traveling through there at the end of November.

    We were too busy waiting in line to look for charging outlets in the check-in area but there were self proclaimed “charging hubs” at the international gates located in between each window bank. The wooden boxes, suspended midway on the wall, each had 4 browning outlets and a shelf to rest your phone as it charged. The outlet we chose charged our phone just fine.

    We flew out using AirAsiaX and they definitely weigh everyone’s carry-on luggage. The rules state 7kg is the max weight. Mine was 8.5 and the guy was going to let that pass but my husband’s was 15kg and that wouldn’t do. He said we needed to check it for 100 USD per bag! We hemmed and hawed. I started to repack things saying we were sleeping in the airport in Kuala Lumpur and we needed our pajamas and toothbrush etc. We managed to bribe him for 10 USD and carry our bags on. A woman we met on the plane wasn’t so persuasive and had to pay the 100 USD. Yikes!

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    Kathmandu Airport

             

    01.09.2017

    For all the problems Nepal has had the past few years, I thought the international side of KTM was actually in good shape. I arrived at night from DXB and had no problems getting through customs and immigration, although I did purchase my tourist visa before I arrived which cut down on time. When I left from the terminal mid-afternoon, I thought the facilities were in good working order and the shops were fine. I even noted how clean the terminal was, including the toilets. The seating at the gates was great because you get a good view of the parked aircraft, runways, and scenery. If you’re expecting top tier facilities in a third world country’s airport, your expectations are way too high and you should visit elsewhere. It will get better just like the rest of Nepal as the tourist dollars return.

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    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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