The most convenient and fastest way of getting into Tibet is by plane. But due to the high altitude and adverse weather condition, there is no airport in Tibet before 1956. The first airport was built in Damxung, a small town northwest of Lhasa with a distance of 160Km.
In 1965, Lhasa Gonggar Airport was built and put into use. In 2001, the airport was under expansion and finished in 2004. Now, the airport has flights with Beijing, chengdu, Xi'an, Kunming, and several other cities in China. The only international flight is between Lhasa and Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
Up till to now, there are three airports under operation in Tibet: Gonnggar International Airport of Lhasa, Bamda Airport of Qamdo, and Nyingchi Airport. Besides, there two other airports under construction: Peace airport of Shigatse, and the Gunsa Airport of Ngari. They will be completed and put into use in 2011.