Lhasa Gonggar Airport is one of the civil airports with the highest altitude (about 11,811 feet) in the world. As Damxung Airport was completed in 1956, Tibet, former forbidden zone for airway, was opened to the world. In 1965, Lhasa terminal station was established and Beijing – Chengdu – Lhasa flight first unveiled the mysterious 'third pole of the earth'.
It has a 4,000-meter (about 4,374 yards) long airstrip, being the longest runway in China, which can handle many large types of big aircrafts landing and taking-off. After the renovation finished in 2004, newly expanded parking apron allows five A340 or seven Boeing 757 aircrafts.
Domestic airlines using the airport can operate flights to Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Chongqing, Xian, Xining, Kunming, Diqing,Shigatse and Chamdo Region. One international airline connects Katmandu and Lhasa. There are more than 40 flights a week and total passengers reach over 700,000, which is expected to be 1,100,000 in 2010 (enable to handle 1,300 passengers to check in per hour in rush period).
Add: Located in Gonggar County, Shannan Region, Tibet, about 98 kilometers (about 61 miles) south of Lhasa, at the south bank of the grand Yarlong Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River.
Airport inquiries phone: 0891-6182220
The total area (containing old and new terminal building) reaches 25,000 square meters (about 6.2 acres). The hall for seeing off passengers is in the first floor of the new terminal building, together with the ticket office, sortation office of baggage and departure lounge for long haul flights. Departure lounge and shops can be found in the second floor. Four loading bridge will lead passengers here to their airplane.
Transportation to Urban Lhasa
Once there is a flight, there will be shuttle buses waiting at the airport. Thanks for the bridge and tunnel construction on the way from Gonggar airport to downtown, it only take 40 to 60 minutes to shuttle between them.