Phaplu Airport is a public airport serving the town of Phaplu (or Phaphlu), located in the Solukhumbu district of the Sagarmatha zone in Nepal. The aviation facility resides at an elevation of 7,918 feet (2,413 metres) above mean sea level and is equipped with one runway measuring 2,201 feet (671 metres) in length. It is known for being difficult to approach when landing.
Phaplu Airport is served by Nepal Airlines and Tara Air. Both airlines operate flights to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal Airlines also operates to Tenzing-Hillary Airport, also known as Lukla Airport, in Lukla, Nepal. There are currently no international flights from Phaplu Airport. Phaplu Airport has been closed for upgrading, as the terminal building is under reconstruction and improvement work courtesy of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
Solukhumbu District is one of the 75 districts of Nepal, consisting of the sub-regions Solu and Khumbu. It occupies an area of 3,312 square kilometres and reportedly had a population of 105,886 in 2011. The district is well known for mountain tourism, mainly because it is the location of the famous Mount Everest, the highest mountain on the planet. Phaplu Airport is one of the possible starting points for the famous challenging trek to the Mount Everest.