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).
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.
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)
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 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 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 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 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.
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