Highest Airport in the World Expected to Open Later This Year
Work is reportedly currently under way on Daocheng Yading Airport, which is scheduled to open sometime later this year and serve the Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture in the Chinese province of Sichuan.
At an altitude of approximately 4,436 meters or 14,500 feet, Daocheng Yading Airport — located in Nagqu, which is approximately 186 miles from Lhasa — will supposedly become the highest commercial airport in the world at only 764 meters lower than the base camp of the side of Mount Everest located in China.
Once construction on Daocheng Yading Airport is completed, Bamda airport — also located in Tibet — will be dethroned as the highest airport in the world.
FlyerTalk members knew about the plans for this airport — which will be equipped with one runway approximately 4200 meters in length and is expected to cost slightly greater than $292 million — back in January of 2010.
According to an article written by Natalie Paris of The Telegraph, “The construction is the latest project implemented in Tibetan regions by a Chinese government that hopes to attract one million tourists and raise up to two billion yuan in tourism revenue by 2015.”
The InterContinental Resort Lhasa Paradise Tibet is anticipated to open in 2014 — roughly two years later than the time of its original expected grand opening.
While some are excited about the potential economic growth for the remote region, others oppose the development, claiming that it will cause irreversible damage to the ecology and environment; and that the way of life in Tibet will significantly erode. FlyerTalk members discussed the advantages and disadvantages of development for Tibet when train service first debuted in Tibet back in 2006.
What do you think? Has the push for development helped or hurt Tibet? What are your thoughts on the future for Tibet?