Daocheng Yading Airport in china

Daocheng Yading Airport

Daocheng Yading Airport (Chinese: 稻城亚丁机场) is an airport scheduled for construction in Daocheng County in Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, China. The site is located in Sangdui Township, 50 kilometers north of the county seat and 130 kilometers from Yading scenic area. Construction is scheduled to start in late 2011 and the airport is expected to open in 2013.

At 4,410 m (14,469 ft) above sea level, Daocheng Yading Airport will be higher than Qamdo Bangda Airport, the world's current highest airport (elevation 4,334 m (14,219 ft)),[2] but will be lower than Nagqu Dagring Airport, another airport scheduled for construction in Tibet at 4,436 m (14,554 ft)

Daocheng-Yading Airport to open:

On March 1st of this year, the plan to build an airport at Daocheng-Yading was approved by the State Council of China. The Daocheng-Yading airport will be 50 kilometres north of Daocheng country and 130 kilometres away from Yading Nature Reserve.

The construction of this highland airport will take approximately 3 years. Once completed, it will occupy an area of 15 square kilometres, and will offer flights to and from Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an and Guiyang.

Up until recent years, Yading Nature Reserve has managed to retain relative seclusion. Being a full day’s drive from its two nearest airports (Kangding and Diqing airport in Zhongdian) has deterred tourists on a tight schedule. However, once the airport opens in 2013, flight times of only an hour from major cities such as Chengdu, will make Yading Nature Reserve an attractive destination for even a weekend getaway. With the Director of the Daocheng-Yading Airport Construction Project projecting an annual passenger figure of 350,000 for flights to and from Daocheng-Yading, the peace and serenity of this majestic mountain reserve may not last long.

Daocheng Yading Airport to be Built:

The project of Daocheng Yading Airport Construction was approved by the State Council of China on Mar.1st, said Tan Heng, the General manager of Kangding airport and the Director of Daocheng Yading Airport Construction Project. The whole construction of Daocheng Yading will last for 3 years, the Chengdu people will only need a fly of 1 hour to Daocheng Yading after the completion of this highland airport.

Located at the Haizi mountain of Sangdui town, the Daocheng Yading Airport is 50 kms north to Daocheng county and 130 kms away to Yading nature scenic area. The completion of this airport will greatly minimize the time spent on the way from Chengdu to Yading nature reserve. With an area of about 15 square kms, the airport is able to provide the facilities for the taking-off and touch-down of the airplane A319. It expects an annual passenger number of about 350,000, and cargo transport of 1,600 tons. Airlines between Yading and Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Guiyang will firstly kick off when the airport construction is finished 3 years later, it will compose an air travelling circle within Yunnan shangarila, Kunming, Jiuzhaigou and Kangding.