Airport in Tibet
There are 5 civilian airports in Tibet in operation: Lhasa Airport, Chamdo Airport, Nyingchi Airport, Ngari Airport and Xigaze Airport. Additionally, the sixth airport in Tibet is located in Nagqu and just starting to build in the early month of 2012.
- Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Lhasa Gonggar Airport (拉萨贡嘎机场) is about 62 km (39 miles) from Lhasa downtown. There are non-stop flights connecting Lhasa with Chengdu, Chongqing, Diqing, Xian, Bamda (a town of Chamdo, Tibet) and Kathmandu (capital of Nepal). Meanwhile, direct flights connect Lhasa with Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Kunming (which make stops at Chengdu, Chongqing, Qinghai, Xian, and Diqing). Read more
Chamdo Bamda Airport (昌都邦达机场) is the highest airport in the world till now, at an elevation of 4,334 meters, with one of the longest runway. Chamdo Airport is far from Chamdo town (distance: 140 km) and flights here are frequently delayed due to the harsh weather in the plateau. Therefore, most tourists prefer Lhasa Airport than Chamdo Airport.
See the timetable of flights to Chamdo
Nyingchi Airport (林芝米林机场), the 3rd civil airport in Tibet, formally went into operation in 2006, providing more conveniences to domestic and overseas tourists to Tibet. Nyingchi Airport may become many tourists' first stop in Tibet because its altitude is less than 3,000 meters, allowing visitors to acclimatize themselves gradually to higher altitudes.
Remember to look out the window! Along the way you'll be delighted by the breathtaking scenery of southeastern Tibet prior to your Lhasa tour.
See the timetable of flights to Nyingchi
Ngari Gunsa Airport (阿里昆莎机场) in northwest Tibet opens from July 1, 2010. Farthest from Lhasa among all Tibetan prefectures, Ngari is difficult for tourists to get to due to long distance and poor road condition. Before the airport, Ngari was linked to Lhasa only by road and it took 3 days to cover the 1,600-km route.
Luckily, Ngari now is easily accessible. It will take only one and a half hour to reach Ngari from Lhasa. What’s more, Ngari Airport will make a less-than-4-hour traffic possible from Chengdu to Ngari.
Xigaze Peace Airport (日喀则和平机场), built near the world's tallest peak Mount Everest in Xigaze Tibet, opens from October 30, 2010, marking the launching of the 5th civil airport of Tibet. Xigaze is located 250km from Lhasa and it normally takes 3-4 hours to get there due to poor road conditions. Flights now only take 2 hours and 15 minutes from Chengdu to Xigaze and 30 minutes from Lhasa to Xigaze.