Qamdo Bamda Airport

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Qamdo Bamda Airport


Chāngdū Bāngdá Jīchǎng
Airport typePublic
ServesQamdo, Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Elevation AMSL4,400 m / 14,436 ft
Coordinates30°33′13″N 97°06′31″E / 30.55361°N 97.10861°E / 30.55361; 97.10861Coordinates: 30°33′13″N 97°06′31″E / 30.55361°N 97.10861°E / 30.55361; 97.10861
BPX is located in Tibet
Location of airport in Tibet Autonomous Region
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 5,500 18,045 Grooved Asphalt
Qamdo Bamda Airport
Simplified Chinese昌都邦达机场

Qamdo Bamda Airport (IATA: BPX, ICAO: ZUBD), also known as Changdu Bangda Airport, is an airport serving Qamdo (Changdu), Tibet, China. It is located in the village of Bamda (Bangda).


At an elevation of 4,334 m (14,219 ft) above sea level, Qamdo Airport was formerly the highest airport in the world. It was surpassed by Daocheng Yading Airport, with an elevation of 4,411 m (14,472 ft), on 16 September 2013.[2] It still has the longest publicly used paved runway in the world, at 5.5 km (3.4 mi), a necessary feature due to the reduction in engine and lift performance that aircraft are subject to at altitude, requiring higher than normal lift-off speeds and therefore longer take-off (and landing) runs.[1][3]

The airport is 2.5 hours by road from the county seat of Qamdo.[citation needed]

Runway repairs took place in 2007 and 2013 after decay from the weather. Construction of a 4000-meter-long second runway began in October 2015.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air China Chengdu
China Southern Airlines Chongqing
Tibet Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing, Lhasa, Tianjin, Xi'an

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Airport information for Qamdo Bamda Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ Ben Blanchard (16 September 2013). "China opens world's highest civilian airport". Reuters. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  3. ^ Carter, Ben (2013-06-22). "How long is the runway in Fast & Furious 6?". BBC News Magazine. BBC. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
Preceded by
El Alto International Airport
World's highest airport
4,334 m (14,219 ft)

Succeeded by
Daocheng Yading Airport