Tibet airport is world's highest

5th Aug 2013

Visitors to Tibet on private journeys and group tours alike can enjoy flying in to the China-funded world's highest civilian airport from later this year.

Work started on the £155 million Daocheng Yading Airport, which stands 4,410 metres above sea level, in June, according to China's Xinhua news agency.

It rests 130 kilometres from Yading, a sacred area of sacred mountain summits and alpine valleys much loved by tourists on private journeys and trekking holidays.

There will be a single 4,200-metre runway and about 500,000 passengers are predicted to pass through its gates yearly, said Xinhua.

The airport is the newest Tibetan scheme implemented by a Chinese government that aims to attract one million holidaymakers and make up to two billion yuan (£210 million) in tourism revenue by 2015.

The project is also expected to create many Tibetan job opportunities.

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