Five Major Airports in Tibet

Lhasa Gonggar International Airport is an important airport in Tibet.

With the improvement of people’s living standard, more and more people like to travel, especially traveling to Tibet, which has always been the dream of travelers. Travel out more or less will be in touch with the means of transport. Among them, the airplane is the fastest means of transportation. If you choose to visit Tibet by plane, the airport is sure the first stop.

Five airports in Tibet have built and put into use, namely Lhasa Gonggar International Airport, Ali Kunsha Airport, Chamdo Bangda Airport, Shigatse Heping Airport, and Nyingchi Milin Airport.

Founded in 1955, Damxung Airport is located in Damxung County, Lhasa. Due to the increasing demand for aviation, Damxung Airport has completed its mission with the completion of Lhasa Gonggar International Airport, which is now dismantled.

Lhasa Gonggar International Airport

Lhasa Gongga Airport was opened in 1965, located in Jiachulin town, Gonggar County, Shannan city, Tibet autonomous region. Located on the southern bank of the Yarlung Zangbo River, it is one of the highest altitude military-civilian airports in the world.

International flight points of the Lhasa Gonggar Airport are Kathmandu, Mumbai, Karachi, Osaka, Kolkata, Islamabad.

Tibet is located in the southwest border of China. It has a vast territory with a sparse population, adverse climate, and complex geographic environment. At the same time, it is the main body of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. With an average altitude of more than 4,000 meters, Tibet is recognized by the world as an “air exclusion zone” with extremely high flying difficulty. However, with the completion of Damxung Airport in 1956, the air gate to Tibet was opened. Lhasa Gonggar Airport has also witnessed unprecedented development since it opened in 1965. Lhasa Gonggar International Airport has realized the take-off of the Tibetan aviation industry.

Nowadays, Lhasa Gonggar International Airport is one of the most important airports in Tibet. If you choose to start your Tibet tour from Lhasa, the Lhasa Gonggar International Airport is your first choice to Lhasa.

Ali Kunsha Airport

Ali Kunsha Airport is located in Shiquanhe town, Ali district, Tibet, which is known as the roof of the world. After the opening of Ali airport, Ali only needs two hours to Lhasa, which brings Ali people logistics and information flow. At the same time, it is of great significance to Ali’s economic development, especially to the development of tourism.

Ali region has much unique natural scenery and cultural landscape. Among them, two of the most famous are Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, which are regarded as “sacred mountains” and “holy lakes” by many believers such as Buddhism and Hinduism. In the year of the horse in the Tibetan calendar, Buddhists from all over the world come to worship the sacred mountain and the holy lake.

Chamdo Bangda Airport

Chamdo Bangda Airport is known as the civil airport “farthest from the urban area in the world” and “the worst climate in the world”. It is located in the long and narrow valley on the west bank of Yuqu River.

Shigatse Heping Airport

Launched in 2010, Shigatse Heping Airport is located in Jiangdong township, Sangzhuzi district, Shigatse city, south of the Yarlung Zangbo River valley. It is 43 kilometers away from the city of Shigatse. Shigatse is rich in tourism resources and an important transportation hub for quality tourism areas such as Mount Everest, Tashilhunpo Monastery and Sakya Monastery.

Nyingchi Milin Airport

Nyingchi Milin Airport was built in 2003 and officially opened to traffic on September 1, 2006. It is the most difficult flying in China. Nyingchi Airport is located in a mountain valley, surrounded by mountains with an altitude of more than 4000 meters, which are shrouded by clouds and fog all year round. The aircraft can only take off and land in a narrow and curved valley, and the narrowest flight path is less than 4 kilometers from the ridges on both sides of the valley.

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