China: Flights take off from world's highest civilian airport

  • IANS, Beijing
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  • Updated: Sep 17, 2013 09:46 IST

The world's highest civilian airport, located 4,411 metres above the sea level, started operating on Monday in China's Sichuan province.

Daocheng Yading Airport, located in Daocheng county will cut the traffic time between the county and the provincial capital of Chengdu from two days by bus to 65 minutes by plane.

The airport's operation is also good news for people who wish to travel to the neighbouring regions in Tibet and Yunnan.

Located 4,411 metres above the sea level, it is now the world's highest civilian airport, replacing Bangda Airport of Qamdo in Tibet autonomous region, which is 4,334 metres above sea level. 

Construction of the airport took two years with a total investment of 1.58 billion yuan ($255 million) after it was approved in April 2011. 

It has a 4,200-meter-long runway, a 8,796-square-meter terminal and four aircraft parking stands. It is designed to handle 280,000 passengers and 1,400 tonnes of cargo annually.


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