December 1, 1992, Qamdo Bangda Airport began to build. Qamdo Bangda Airport located in Bangda, Qamdo, Tibet, is the highest airport in the world, with an altitude of 4,334 metres (14,219 ft). At 5,500 m (18,045 ft), runway 14/32 is the longest publicly use runway in the world. The low air density at this altitude makes a higher takeoff and landing true airspeed necessary, and therefore a longer runway. The airport is 2.5 hours by mountain road from the county seat of Chamdu/Changdu/Qamdo. The long compute is the result of no flat land closer to the city being available to construct an airport.
Visitors are warned before landing to move slowly on leaving the plane and that they may feel light headed or dizzy because of the thin air.
Originally Posted: China Business Daily
Author: Angulo Fu