Daocheng Yading Airport

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Daocheng Yading Airport
Airport typePublic
ServesDaocheng, Sichuan, China
LocationSangdui Township
Opened16 September 2013
Elevation AMSL4,411 m / 14,472 ft
Coordinates29°19′23″N 100°03′12″E / 29.32306°N 100.05333°E / 29.32306; 100.05333Coordinates: 29°19′23″N 100°03′12″E / 29.32306°N 100.05333°E / 29.32306; 100.05333
DCY is located in Sichuan
Location of airport
DCY is located in China
DCY (China)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 4,200 13,780 Concrete
Daocheng Yading Airport
Traditional Chinese稻城亞丁機場
Simplified Chinese稻城亚丁机场

Daocheng Yading Airport (Chinese: 稻城亚丁机场, Standard Tibetan: འདབ་པའི་ཉི་བརྟེན་གནམ་གྲུ་ཐང་, (IATA: DCY, ICAO: ZUDC)) is an airport serving Daocheng County in the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan province, China. It is located in Sangdui Township, 50 kilometers north of the county seat and 130 kilometers from the Yading Nature Reserve.[3]

At 4,411 m (14,472 ft) above sea level, Daocheng Yading is the highest civilian airport in the world.

Construction started after the airport was approved in April 2011, with a total investment of 1.58 billion yuan (US$255 million). The airport was opened on 16 September 2013.[4][1] The inaugural flight was Air China flight 4215 on an Airbus A319 from the provincial capital Chengdu, carrying 118 passengers.[2] The opening of the airport cut the journey time between Daocheng and Chengdu to one hour, which previously required a two-day bus trip.[1]


Daocheng Yading Airport has a single runway that is 4,200 m (13,800 ft) long and 45 m (148 ft) wide (class 4C). It has a 5,000 m2 (54,000 sq ft) terminal building that is shaped like a flying saucer with two aerobridges.[5] It is designed to handle 280,000 passengers per year.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air China Chengdu
China Southern Airlines Chengdu, Guangzhou
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing,[6] Hangzhou,[6] Luzhou,[7] Xi'an[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Ben Blanchard (16 September 2013). "China opens world's highest civilian airport". Reuters. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b 陸亞丁機場啟用 世界海拔最高 [Yading Airport opens in mainland, the highest in the world]. Central News Agency (in Chinese). 16 September 2013. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  3. ^ Chen Chunyu (3 March 2011). 稻城亚丁机场建设获立项 成都一小时飞稻城. Sichuan Online (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  4. ^ Lu Hui (16 September 2013). "World's highest civilian airport starts operating". Xinhua. Archived from the original on 20 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  5. ^ 稻城亚丁机场今日通航 [Daocheng Yading Airport starts operation today]. Chengdu Business News (in Chinese). 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  6. ^ a b https://www.thehour.cn/news/257923.html
  7. ^ https://www.scdaily.cn/szgc/201903/56833165.html
  8. ^ https://m.sohu.com/n/493229394/

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Preceded by
Qamdo Bamda Airport
World's highest airport
4,411 m (14,472 ft)

Succeeded by