Kullu Airport or Kullu Manali airport is nearest airport from Manali, India. Located in Bhuntar, it is 9 & 50 kilometer from Kullu and Manali Respectively. Use airport codes IATA: KUU and ICAO: VIBR or search with “Kullu” when booking a flight for this airport.There is only one regular Air India Flight from Delhi to Kullu at 6:45 am & same flight returns from Kullu to Delhi at 8:35 am. Flight prices are usually between ₹5000 to ₹16000 and only during Air India sale offer, prices come below ₹3000. Due to the short runway at Kullu only planes with most capacity of 72 seats land here. Therefore it is best to book your flights well in advance to avoid last-minute unavailability.
All Air India flights including flights for kullu fly from Delhi airport’s International terminal T3 instead of the Domestic terminal T1. Flight time is of 80 minutes and includes refreshments ( like a tea, coffee, muffin and one sandwich ). No In-flight entertainment is available on the plane Aerospatiale/Alenia 72-500 so only option is morning newspaper & awesome view of the Himalayas. Flight is mostly on time except for some cases in winters or when the wind conditions are not favorable.
Facilities at Kullu Airport & Nearby Areas.
All most important facilities are available at airport, like free WiFi, waiting lounge, cafeteria or snacks bar, wheel chair accessibility, reasonable rate parking space for private & public vehicles, a prepaid taxi counter where taxi to places like Kasol, Manikaran, Manali or other far distant places like Lahaul & Spiti, Leh & Ladakh are available at Government rates. Besides that there is a branded hand-loom showroom of Bhuttico where you can buy local made shawls as a souvenir.
Within it’s 1 Km radius there is Bhuntar bus stand, Hotels, Restaurants, Tour Operators, Banks, ATM, Market, Multiplex & Post office. Within 2 Km of radius there is Dechan monastery, Sarabai rafting point. And Inside 7 Km of radius there is 9th century AD built Mahadev Temple, Nature Park Jhiri, Nature Park Mohal. It’s Distance from Kasol, Manikaran, Naggar, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, is 32, 36, 33, 62, 102 Kilometers respectively.
Take Off & Landing at Kullu Airport.
Because of the short length single runway surrounded by thousand feet high Peaks & river Beas, the landing and take off is the best experience of this airport. Airport is big enough to park two planes and the distance between runway and Arrival & Departure Terminal is 100 meters. Add 100 more meters for the airport exit gate. Outside the airport is national highway 21 where all modes of transport is available including public & private buses. For a detailed history of Kullu Manali Airport check this link.