According to Tibet Civil Aviation Authorities, Tibet will build three new airports to promote tourism and boost the economy in remote areas. The three airports will all above the altitude of 3,900 meters. The construction work will begin in 2019, and plans to complete in 2022.
The three airports will be in Lhokha, Xigaze and Ali, according the regional government and the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Capital Airport Holding Company will be responsible for the construction of the airport in Lhokha, while Shanghai Airport Authority responsible for the airport in Xigaze and West Airport Group responsible for Ali. The three companies will transfer the airports to local companies after one or two years' operation.
Up to now, Tibet has five civil airports, which locate in Lhasa, Qamdo, Nyingchi, Ali and Xigaze, with nine airlines operating 86 routes, including an international one.
Tibet is the largest and, with average heights of over 4,000m, also the highest plateau in the world. Due to its beautiful and pure landscape, religious traditions, strong Tibet culture, and its unsolved mysteries, Tibet is attracting more and more visitors around the world. Entering Tibet you feel as though you've entered an entirely different world. The three new airports will provide a more convenient way for people to travel and learn about Tibet.