Nagqu Dagring Airport
Nagqu Dagring Airport (Chinese: 那曲达仁机场) is a planned airport that will serve Seni in the Nagqu of Tibet. It is expected to cost 1.8 billion yuan (263 million US dollars) and cover an area of 233 to 266 hectares. If built it will be the highest airport in the world at 4,436 m (14,554 ft), surpassing Daocheng Yading Airport as the highest. The airport is part of a Chinese government development scheme to build 97 airports across China by 2020. By then, the authorities intend that four-fifths of China’s population will be within a 90-minute drive of an airport.
On its completion, all of Tibet’s six prefectures would have an airport. It is expected to take only 40 minutes to fly from Naqu to Lhasa. The civil aviation network in Tibet has taken shape. The objective for the next stage of development is to open direct air routes from Tibet to south Asian countries. Nagqu, about 300 km from Lhasa, is located in the center of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which was chosen to host the largest logistics center in the plateau region, which began operations in August last year.
With the airport, Nagqu, which is also on the Qinghai-Tibet railway line, is expected to become the center of an economic hub in the plateau region.