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Tibet Airport

To many international tourists, travelling to Tibet by flight has been one of the popular means, next to Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Overall, there are five airports scattered in 5 of the 7 prefectures of Tibet, i.e. Lhasa Gonggar Airport (3600m), Nyingchi Mainling Airport (2949m), Chamdo Bangda Airport (4334m), and Shigatse Peach Airport(3782m) and Ngari Gunsa Airport (4274m). Normally, tourists will enter Tibet via Lhasa Gonggar Airport and Nyingchi Mainling Airport.

Tibet Airport List

Lhasa---Gonggar Airport 

lhasa gonggar airport
Panorama of Lhasa Gonggar Airport

Lhasa Gonggar Airport is undoubtedly the major air hub for entry and exit of Tibet, both domestically and internationally. The majority of the tourists will first land in Lhasa Gonggar Airport and then use shuttle bus or taxi to head to Lhasa City. 

lhasa gonggar airport to lhasa city
Travel from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to Lhasa City

Location: Jiazhulin Town, Gonggar County, Shannan Prefecture. Since the airport is located to the south of Lhasa city, it’s around 60km’s drive from the airport to Lhasa city.
Airport Altitude: 3600m
Airport Runway: The runway has a length of 4,000 m, width 45 m, constructed in strict accordance with ICAO standards 4E grade, Boeing 747, Airbus and other large aircraft serviced. Apron can park five A340 or seven Boeing 757 aircraft, two terminals with a total area of 25,000 square meters with four boarding bridges.
Tel: 0891-6216465
Shuttle Bus Price: 25 Yuan
Pickup Place:
Lhasa Airport: Domestic Arrival Hall
Lhasa Civil Aviation Bureau: Niangre Road 1
Travel Tips: If you miss the shuttle bus, you may also take a taxi or carpool to Lhasa city.

Domestic Flight to Lhasa Gonggar Airport:
Chengdu—Lhasa; Chongqing—Lhasa; Xi’an—Lhasa; Diqing—Lhasa; Chamdo—Lhasa (Non-stop Flight)

Guangzhou—Chongqing—Lhasa; Beijing—Chengdu—Lhasa; Shanghai—Xi’an—Lhasa (Drect Flight)

International Flight to Lhasa Gonggar Airport:
Currently, there is only one international flight available in Tibet, which is Lhasa—Kathmandu, run by Air China and Sichuan Airline.

Air ChinaAir China:  Lhasa and Kathmandu Flight Schedule

Flight Route Flight Code  Airlines  Dep.   Arr.  Type  Schedule
Lhasa to Kathmandu CA407 Air China 12:10 11:10 319  every day
Kathmandu to Lhasa CA408 Air China 12:10 16:00 319  every day

 Sichuan Airline Sichuan Airline: Lhasa and Kathmandu Flight Shcedule

Flight Route Flight Code  Airlines  Dep.   Arr.  Type  Schedule
Lhasa to Kathmandu 3U8719 Sichuan Airline  11:15 10:10 319  every other day 
Kathmandu to Lhasa 3U8720 Sichuan Airline  11:10 14:50 319  every other day 

*To book air ticket to Tibet or inquire the latest flight schedule, please feel free to contact our pro travel consultants

Shigatse---Peace Airport

Peace Airport in Shgatse serves both for civilian and military use. It’s the fifth civil aviation airport next to Lhasa Gonggar Airport, Chamdo Bangda Airport, Nyingchi Mainling Airport and Ngari Gunsa Airport.

shigatse peace airport
A small plane touches down in Shigatse Peace Airport.

The entire terminal covers an area of 4502 sq meters, with 5000 meter runway, made of concrete. Besides, the airport arms with 3 aprons, built in line with ICAO standards C category, capable of handling airplanes for civil aviation such as Airbus A319 and Boeing 737.

peace airport to shigatse city
Travel from Shigatse Peace Airport to Shigatse City

Location: Samzhubze, Shigatse, Tibet; it’s around 50km away from Shigatse City.
Airport Altitude: 3782m
Tel: 0892-8821070
Shuttle Bus Price: 30 Yuan
Pickup Place: South Jilin Road
Domestic Flight to Peace Airport:
Beijing---Shigatse; Chengdu---Shigatse (Non-stop Flight)

Nyingchi Mainling Airport

Mainling Airport in Nyingchi is situated in the winding valleys, around 120km south to the Yarlung Tsangpo River, or 400km away from Lhasa. The distinct topography, changeable weather and dense clouds, lush forest and ample precipitation make it the most difficult airway in mainland China. Normally, airplanes only take off in the morning to avoid terrible turbulence.

nyingchi mainling airport
Nyingchi Mainling Airport coverned in mist

However, given the low altitude in Nyingchi (with an average altitude of 3000m), to some Mainling Airport has often been considered as a prioritized airport to enter Tibet and gradually acclimatize to the high altitude.   

travel from mainling airport  to bayi districtTravel from Nyingchi Mainling ( or Linzhi in Chinese) Airport to nearest Bayi County

Location: located in Mainling, Nyingchi; It’s about 50km away from Mainling Airport to Bayi County, the capital city of Nyingchi Prefecture.
Airport Altitude: 2949m
Tel: (0894)5810192
Shuttle Bus: 25 Yuan
Pickup Place:
Bayi District Civil Aviation Base (bus only runs in the morning)

Domestic Flight to Mainling Airport:
Chengdu—Nyingchi; Chongqing—Nyingchi; Kunming—Nyingchi; Nyingchi—Lhasa (Non-stop Flight)
Guangzhou-Chengdu-Nyingchi; Shenzheng---Chengdu---Nyingchi (Direct Flight)

Ngari---Gunsa Airport

To the southwest of Shiquanhe around Gar Tsangpo Valley lies the Gunsa Airport. The runway of the airport measures 4500 meters long and 60 meters wide, and can meet the fly and landing requirement of planes like Airbus A319, etc. While the airport terminal has 3900 sq meters.

ngari gunsa airport Passengers are ready to board the plane in Gunsa Airport in Nagri.

Gunsa Airport was put into use July, 1, 2010 and served as an important aerial gateway to enter western Tibet, next to Lhasa Gonggar Airport, Chamdo Bangda Airpor and Nyingchi Mainling Airport.

gunsa airport to shiquanhe
Travel from Gunsa Airport to Shiquanhe, the largest settlement in Ngari

Location: southwest of Shiquanhe, Gar County, Ngari, Tibet; it’s around 50km’ drive to Shiquanhe.
Airport Altitude: 4274m; While the average altitude of Ngari Prefecture is above 4500m. Gunsa Airport together with Daocheng Yading Airport (4411m), Chamdo Bangda Airport (4434m) and Kangding Airport (4280m) is the well-known airport on the plateau.
Tel: 0897-2891888
Shuttle Bus Price: 25 Yuan
Pickup Place: Air Ticket office in Shiquanhe (opposite of Guge Dynasty Hotel)
Domestic Flight to Gunsa Airport:
Lhasa---Ngari; Kashgar---Ngari; ürümqi---Ngari (Non-stop)

Chamdo—Bangda Airport

With an altitude of 4334m, Bangda Airport is highest Tibet airport for civil aviation in China. Built on the well-known Bangda grassland in eastern Tibet, Bangda Airport is equipped with 5km runway and it’s about 126km to the nearest city.

chamdo bangda airportView Chamdo  Bangda  Airport at a great distance 

The hostile environment, with an average annual temperature of minus 2.9 Celsius, the lowest one ever recorded being minus 42 Celsius and 2-meter permafrost and strong turbulence (up to 30 meter per second) , labels the airport as one of the most challenging and difficult environment for pilot.   

chamdo bangda airport to chamdo cityTravel from Chamdo Bangda Airport to Chamdo (also known as Qamdo)

Location: Baxoi County, Chamdo, Tibet; There is around 130km’s drive from Bangda Airport to the Chamdo City.
Airport Altitude: 4334m
Tel: 0895-4821004
Shuttle Bus Price: 60 Yuan
Pickup Place:
Inside the Chamdo Civil Aviation Base

Domestic Flight to Bangda Airport:
Chengdu---Chamdo; Chongqing---Chamdo; Lhasa---Chamdo (Non-stop Flight)
Tianjin---Chongqing---Chamdo (Direct Flight)

Travel Tips: The flight delay or cancellation often occurs due to the unstable weather condition in Chamdo. And some may have symptoms of altitude sickness like shortness of breath and headache given the high altitude. If you decide to take a taxi from Chamdo city to Bangda Airport, it costs around 250-300 Yuan because of the long distance of around 130km.

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