Nyingchi Airport, the third civil airport in Tibet welcomes its maiden flight, a Boeing 757, at 9:00 am September 1, marking the aviation launch of the airport.
Circled alps, narrow aviation route and changeable weather cause a top difficulty for the flight of Nyingchi ariport lying in the valley of Yarlung Zangbo River in southeast Qinghai-Tibet plateau.
Jiang Wenxue, director general of Tibetan branch General Administration of Civil Aviation of China said that, it's a big success of the maiden flight safely touching down on the Nyingchi Airport.
The launch of Nyingchi Airport will exert itself to promote the economic development in Nyingchi and perfect the Tibetan aviation grid.
Boasting the well-known good climate in Nyingchi, the airport, only 2,949 meters above sea level, will be a probable first-rank entrance for tourists visiting Tibet.
"In the past, if you want to go to Nyingchi, you should fly to Lhasa first, and then took 6-hour bus trip to Nyingchi. And now, it's so easy by air. And I haven't feel sick from altitude pressure." said Mr. Mou, a tourist on the maiden flight to Nyingchi.
The construction of Nyingchi Airport started in October 2003, with a total investment of 780 million yuan (about 86.6 million US dollars). The airport is designed with a capacity of 120,000 people till 2010.
Caused by the rising wind speed at 27 meters per second from 14:00 to 18:00 every day, only 100 days are airworthy accumulatively all year round.
Lhasa Gonggar Airport
With an altitude of 3,600 meters, Lhasa Gonggar Airport lies beside the Yarlung Zangbo River, and there are mountains on both sides of the river. Surrounding the airport, within a radius of 30 km there are peaks with up to 5,362 meters, rising to 6,126 meters within 60 km. The airport runway is 4,000 meters long and 45 meters wide. Ranking the highest civil airport in the world, Gonggar Airport reached a passenger-receiving capacity of 700,000 in 2003.
Domestic airlines in Lhasa Gonggar Airport can reach Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Chongqing, Xian, Xining, Kunming, Diqing and Chamdo Region. One international airline connects Katmandu and Lhasa.
There are ticketing service hall, departures hall and baggage claim area on 1 F; while on 2 F you can find Waiting Hall, restaurants and shops.
Airport inquiries phone: 86-891-6182220
There are shuttle buses to Lhasa City. The whole trip will take you CNY 20 per person and about two hours.
If you take a taxi, it will cost CNY 150 - CNY 250.
Chamdo Bamda Airport
ChamdoBamda Airportlies at 4,300 meters with world's longest runway for civil airport. Established in 1995, Bamda Airport met the first plane in April 1995.
In the region of Bamda Airport, there are continuous peaks and sheer gullies. On the western side of the airport are eight great gullies, and the highest peak has an elevation of 5,950 meters.