Main Airports in Tibet

The aviation has been launched to link Tibet. Nowadays, there are regular flights flying to and between Lhasa and many cities. Currently, Tibet has opened flights from Lhasa Gonggar Airport, Chamdo Bangda Airport, Nyingchi Mainling Airport, Nagri Gansa airports and Shigatse Peace Airport, connecting Lhasa, hence Tibet, with Chengdu, Xian, Beijing, Chongqing, and even Katmandu and Hong Kong. There are also air routes within Tibet at present. Traveling by air into Tibet will surely brings visitors unique and thrilling experience. Just imagine that you are above the world highest snow and cloud clad peaks! However, since planes travel fast and there is little time for acclimatization.
 

Lhasa Gonggar International Airport

Lhasa Gonggar Airport is located at Gyazuling Town of Gonggar County in Shannan Prefecture. It lies at the south river bank of Yarlung Zangbo River with an altitude of 3600 meters above sea level, which is one of the highest airports in the world. It is the 4E level Airport with a runway of 4000m long and 45 m wide which can be used for taking-off and landing of Boeing 747, airbus and other large aircrafts.


 
English Name:
Lhasa Gonggar International Airport
Chinese Name:
拉萨贡嘎国际机场
Location:
Jiazulin Township of Gonggar County, Lhasa
Average Elevation:
3600 m
Grade of the Airport:
4E
IATA:
LXA
ICAO:
ZULS




 

Chamdo Bangda Airport

Chamdo Bangda Airport is reputed as one of the world's highest airports, the world's furthest airport away from downtown, and the civil airport with the worst climate in the world. It is located at the Bangda Prairie, in the narrow and long valley of the west bank of Yuqu River. The altitude of the airport is 4300 meters above sea level. The runway of it is 5 km in total, which is the longest runway among the civil airports in China and also the longest in the world. The climate is awful there. The wind speed reaches 30m/second in winter, and the temperature is usually under -20 degree centigrade in each winter and spring. The air density is only 50% of the sea level. It seems that the airport is a miracle.


 
English Name:
Chamdo Bangda Airport
Chinese Name:
昌都邦达机场
Location:
Bangda Prairie, Chamdo
Average Elevation:
4334 m
IATA:
BPX
ICAO:
ZUBD
Airlines:
Air China, Tibetan Airlines
Management Organization:
Chamdo Pomda
Completed Year:
1994
 

 
 

Nyingchi Mainling Airport

Nyingchi Mainling Airport is the airport in Tibet with the lowest altitude, about 2949 meters above sea level. It is located in Mainling, Nyingchi. The difficulty of flying here ranks No. 1 in China, and it's also the most difficult airport for aircrafts to reach in the world, because it lies in a winding valley. It is the third civil airport in Tibet.


 
English Name:
Nyingchi Mainling Airport
Chinese Name:
林芝米林机场
Location:
50 km away from Bayi Town, Nyingchi Prefecture
Average Elevation:
2949 m
IATA:
LZY
ICAO:
ZUNZ
Gate Positions:
12
Runway:
3000 m long, 60 m wide
 


 

Nagri Gunsa Airport

Tibet Nagri Gunsa Airport is located at the southwest of Shiquanhe Town, Nagri Prefecture. The runway of the airport is 4500 m long, 45 m wide. The airport began operation in 2010 and it was the forth civil airport in Tibet. With an altitude of 4274 meters above sea level, Nagri Gunsa Airport ranks the forth highest airport in the world.

English Name:
Nagri Gunsa Airport
Chinese Name:
阿里昆莎机场
Location:
Gunsa Village, Shiquanhe Town, Nagri
Average Elevation:
4274 m
IATA:
NGQ
ICAO: ZUAL
Runway:
4500 m long, 45 m wide
 
 

 

Shigatse Heping Airport

Shigatse Heping Airport, or Shigetse Peace Airport, is located in Jiangdang Village, 43 km away from Shigatse downtown. It is the fifth airport in Tibet, and with an altitude of 3782 meters above sea level, it is one of the highest airports in the world.


 
English Name:
Shigatse Heping Airport
Chinese Name:
日喀则和平机场
Location:
Jiangdang Village, Shigatse
Average Elevation:
3782 m
IATA:
RKZ
ICAO:
ZURK
Airlines: China Eastern Airlines; Tibet Airlines
Runway:
5000 m long