Tibet to have fifth civil airport operational before year end 2010
www.chinaview.cn 2009-07-26 09:45:58   Print

    LHASA, July 26 (Xinhua) -- The expansion project of Peace Airport for Xigaze prefecture in southwestern China's Tibet Autonomous Region would be completed before the end of next year, local government said on Sunday.

    The project will be the fifth civil airport in Tibet. There are now three civil airports operational in the autonomous region, namely Gongkar airport in Lhasa, Mainling airport in Nyingchi, and Pangda airport in Qamdo. Another civil airport was being built in Ngari prefecture.

    According to Kelsang Tsering, party chief for Xigaze prefecture, the Peace Airport, which is 48 kilometers from Xigaze city, is expected to begin operation next October.

    The project costs 480 million Yuan (70.3 million U.S. dollars). It plans to be able to annually accommodate 230,000 passengers and 1,150 tones of cargos and allow 2,580 take-offs and landings annually in 2020.

    It is believed the project will boost development of tourism in Xigaze. As the second largest city in Tibet, Xigaze city is home to a group of famous, ancient temples, including Tshilhunpo, Sakya and Palkhor Chode monasteries. Xigaze prefecture also boasts such tourist destination of Mount Qomolangma, which is in Dingri county.

Tibet starts building 5th civil airport 

    XIGAZE, Tibet, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Tibet Wednesday started construction on its fifth civil airport in the southwest China's autonomous region, according to local authorities.

    The government would invest a total 480 million yuan (70 million U.S. dollars) in the airport in Xigaze, the second-biggest city in Tibet, said Xu Bo, head of the Civil Aviation Administration's Tibet Branch. Full story

Batang Airport in Qinghai soon to open to traffic 

    BEIJING, June 23 (Xinhuanet) -- The Batang Airport in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, has passed inspections on its construction and workability and will soon be open to air traffic.

    On June 18, the Qinghai's Development and Reform Commission organized a group of experts and technicians to make construction acceptance inspections on all sub-projects.  Full story

Sanjiangyuan Airport to adopt RNP technology for navigation 

    BEIJING, April 27 (Xinhuanet) -- The nearly completed Sanjiangyuan Airport, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Northwest China's Qinghai Province, will adopt the technology of required navigation performance (RNP) for airport ground movement guidance and control.

    The RNP technology, most advanced in China, with a Global Positioning System (GPS) and aviation computers, can ensure accurate flights according to the preset course, effectively improving flight safety.  Full story

Editor: Anne Tang
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