Tibet Flight Information

Tibet Airport

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 – Location, Transport, Photos

Lhasa Gonggar Airport also known as the airway door to Tibet, is one of the highest airports in the world, at an elevation of around 3,500 meters above sea level. As kind of replacement of the Damxung Airport, Gonggar Airport began operation in 1965, providing flights only to Beijing and Chengdu.
Lhasa Airport Location: in Gonggar County, Shannan Prefecture, Tibet, about 62 km (39 miles) southwest of Lhasa, at the southern bank of the Yarlung Zangbo River.
Lhasa Airport Geographical Location: 29° 17′ 35″ North, 90° 54′ 1″ East
Lhasa Airport Code: LXA
With years’ expansion, Lhasa Gonggar Airport has become the busiest airport in Tibet with advanced and well-equipped terminal facilities, connecting the mysterious land with many domestic cities, including Chamdo, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian, Guangzhou, Kunming, Diqing, etc. Besides, there is one international airline running between Lhasa and Kathmandu (capital of Nepal).

Terminal Facilities

The total area of Lhasa Airport, Tibet reaches 25,000 square meters (around 6.2 acres). Passenger handling facilities such as the hall for seeing off passengers, ticketing office, and baggage collection beltways are on the 1st floor of the new terminal building, while the departure lounge is on the 2nd floor, as well as restaurants and shopping malls.

Lhasa Airport Transportation

Thanks to the new highway construction between the Lhasa Gonggar Airport and downtown Lhasa, it only takes 40 to 60 minutes to shuttle between them.

  • Airport Shuttle BusTicket Price: RMB 25Frequency: 30 minutes in the high season; 30 to 60 minutes in the off seasonPick up and drop off point in downtown Lhasa: the CAAC Booking Office on Nyangdren Road
  • Taxi (Fare: around RMB 150)

Air Tickets Booking

You can book air tickets at the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) Ticket Office on Nyangdren Road. Generally speaking, you can book Lhasa air tickets 5 to 7 days in advance. However, in the high season, especially from early July to late August, you’d better consult the ticket office much earlier.

Chamdo Airport

Chamdo Bamda Airport 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

Nyingchi Airport 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 Airport

Ngari Gunsa Airport 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 Airport

Xigaze Peace Airport 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.

Tibet Flight Information Chart

Flights from Chengdu to Lhasa

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
7:209:25SC4405 Shandong AirlinesChengdu Lhasa 3193
7:209:25CA4405 Air ChinaChengdu Lhasa 3193
7:409:45CA407 Air ChinaChengdu Lhasa 3192467
7:509:50CA4401 Air ChinaChengdu Lhasa JET1234567
8:009:503U8657 Sichuan AirlinesChengdu Lhasa 3191234567
8:1010:10CA4403 Air ChinaChengdu Lhasa 3191234567
8:2010:103U8901 Sichuan AirlinesChengdu Lhasa 3191234567
13:0015:00SC4112 Shandong AirlinesChengdu Lhasa 3301234567
13:0015:00CA4112 Air ChinaChengdu Lhasa 3301234567
14:0516:003U8697 Sichuan AirlinesChengdu Lhasa 3191234567

Flights from Lhasa to Chengdu

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
10:4512:403U8658 Sichuan AirlinesLhasa Chengdu 3191234567
11:0012:50CA4402 Air ChinaLhasa Chengdu JET1234567
11:3013:253U8902 Sichuan AirlinesLhasa Chengdu 3191234567
11:3513:25SC4406 Shandong AirlinesLhasa Chengdu 3197
11:3513:25CA4406 Air ChinaLhasa Chengdu 3197
15:0016:50CA408 Air ChinaLhasa Chengdu 3192467
16:0017:50SC4111 Shandong AirlinesLhasa Chengdu JET1234567
16:0017:50CA4111 Air ChinaLhasa Chengdu JET1234567
16:5018:453U8698 Sichuan AirlinesLhasa Chengdu 3191234567
17:3019:20CA4404 Air ChinaLhasa Chengdu 3191234567

Flight from Beijing to Lhasa

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
7:5013:30CZ3183 China South AirlinesBeijingLhasa JET1234567
9:0015:00CA4112 Air ChinaBeijingLhasa 3301234567

Flight from Lhasa to Beijing

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
15:0521:00CZ3184 China South AirlinesLhasa BeijingJET1234567
16:0021:30CA4111 Air ChinaLhasa BeijingJET1234567

Flight from Shanghai to Lhasa

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
7:5014:15MU2335 China Eastern AirlinesShanghai Lhasa JET1234567

Flight from Lhasa to Shanghai

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
15:4021:00MU2336 China Eastern AirlinesLhasa Shanghai JET1234567

Flight from Chongqing to Lhasa

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
8:4010:503U8633 Sichuan AirlinesChongqing Lhasa 3191234567
11:1013:30CZ3183 China South AirlinesChongqing Lhasa JET1234567
11:4014:05CZ3463 China South AirlinesChongqing Lhasa 3191234567
14:2016:40SC4420 Shandong AirlinesChongqing Lhasa 3191234567
14:2016:40CA4420 Air ChinaChongqing Lhasa 3191234567

Flight from Lhasa to Chongqing

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
10:4012:353U8634 Sichuan AirlinesLhasa Chongqing 3191234567
11:1013:30SC4419 Shandong AirlinesLhasa Chongqing 3191234567
11:1013:30CA4419 Air ChinaLhasa Chongqing 3191234567
15:0517:05CZ3464 China South AirlinesLhasa Chongqing 3191234567
15:0517:25CZ3184 China South AirlinesLhasa Chongqing JET1234567

Flight from Xian to Lhasa

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
11:3514:15MU2335 China Eastern AirlinesXianLhasa 3191234567

Flight from Lhasa to Xian

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
15:4018:10MU2336 China Eastern AirlinesLhasa Xian3191234567

Flight from Guangzhou to Lhasa

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
9:1014:05CZ3463 China South AirlinesGuangzhouLhasa 3191234567

Flight from Lhasa to Guangzhou

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
15:0519:45CZ3464 China South AirlinesLhasa Guangzhou3191234567

Flight from Diqing to Lhasa

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
8:5010:35MU5837 China Eastern AirlinesDiqingLhasa 7371234567

Flight from Lhasa to Diqing

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule

11:2513:05MU5838 China Eastern AirlinesLhasa Diqing7371234567

Flight from Kunming to Lhasa

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
7:0010:35MU5837 China Eastern AirlinesKunmingLhasa 7371234567

Flight from Lhasa to Kunming

Dept.Arri.Flight No.AirlinesDept.Arri.TypeSchedule
11:2515:00MU5838 China Eastern AirlinesLhasa Kunming7371234567

Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu

AirlinesFlight No.Dept.Arri.TypeSchedule
Air ChinaCA40810:4514:05319.2.4.67

Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa

AirlinesFlight No.Dept.Arri.TypeSchedule
Air ChinaCA40710:409:45319.2.4.67