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China to build highest airport in the world

China will start work on the world's highest airport in Tibet next year, according to state media.

China will start work on the world's highest airport in Tibet next year, according to state media.

Located 4,436 metres above sea level in Nagqu, the new airport will be just 764 metres lower than China's Mount Everest base camp.

Expected to cost €1.8 million and take around three years to construct, Nagqu Dagring Airport will be 102 metres higher that Bamda Airport in Qamdo, the Tibetan gateway which currently holds the status as the world’s highest.

Like Bamda, the new airport will almost certainly have to have a runway in excess of 5,500m as the low air density at such an altitude requires higher take-off and landing speeds.

Construction of the new airport is likely to be a daunting task given the altitude and climate, with average temperatures staying below zero throughout the year.

Set to occupy a site of between 230 and 260 hectares, Nagqu Dagring Airport will serve Nagqu Prefecture and a population of around 400,000 people.

Tibet currently boasts five civilian airports, at least two of which are only open for a few months of the year because of extreme weather.




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