Yushu Batang Airport

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Yushu Batang Airport
玉树巴塘机场
Yùshù Batáng Jīchǎng
IATA: YUSICAO: ZLYS
Summary
Airport type Public
Location Yushu, Qinghai, China
Elevation AMSL 3,890 m / 12,762 ft
Coordinates 32°50′21″N 97°02′20″E / 32.83917°N 97.03889°E / 32.83917; 97.03889Coordinates: 32°50′21″N 97°02′20″E / 32.83917°N 97.03889°E / 32.83917; 97.03889
Map
YUS is located in Qinghai
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Location of airport in Qinghai
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
3,800 12,467
Source:[1]

The Yushu Batang Airport (Chinese: 玉树巴塘机场) (IATA: YUSICAO: ZLYS) is the airport serving Yushu City in Qinghai Province, China. It is located 18 kilometers to the south of the city center, Gyêgu, at the 3,890 meters elevation about the sea level, which makes it the highest civilian airport in Qinghai Province,[1] and one of the highest in the world.

The construction of the airport started in 2007.[2] The first aircraft landed at the new airport on May 29, 2009, and the airport was officially opened on August 1, 2009.[1]

Yushu Batang Airport has a 3,800 meter-long runway, and can receive A319 aircraft. The passenger terminal is designed to serve up to 80,000 passengers per year.[1] According to the CAAC statistics, the airport served 7,484 passengers during 2009, the first (incomplete) year of its operation.[3]

The airport played an important role in the delivery of rescue personnel and relief supplies to the area affected by the 2010 Yushu earthquake. The facility was re-opened at noon on the day of the earthquake (Wednesday, April 14), and the first flight with personnel and supplies of the China International Earthquake Rescue Team landed there at 8 pm the same day.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
China Eastern Airlines Xi'an, Xining

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Yushu Batang Airport officially opened on August 1st, 2009
  2. ^ First civil aviation airplane successfully landed in Yushu Airport in Qinghai
  3. ^ 民航机场业务量 (Civil Airports Operations Volume), at the CAAC site [This is apparently an HTML file, not an Excel file, despite its extension]. The same document, in an image format, and with an English translation, can be found in the 2009 China mainland airport rank thread
  4. ^ Airport vital lifeline to relief effort. By Xin Dingding (China Daily), 2010-04-15