Qamdo Bamda Airport

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Qamdo Bamda Airport

昌都邦达机场
ཆབ་མདོ་སྤང་མདའ་གནམ་གྲུ་ཐང་
Qamdo Bamda Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
ServesQamdo, Tibet A.R., China
LocationBamda, Baxoi County, Tibet A.R.
Elevation AMSL4,334 m / 14,219 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
Map
BPX is located in Tibet
BPX
BPX
Location of airport in the Tibet Autonomous Region
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 4,500 14,764 Grooved Asphalt
Sources:[1]
Qamdo Bamda Airport
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese昌都机场
Traditional Chinese昌都邦達機場
Tibetan name
Tibetanཆབ་མདོ་སྤང་མདའ་གནམ་གྲུ་ཐང་

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

Background[edit]

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 has a very long runway, at 4.5 km (2.8 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]

Runway repairs took place in 2007 and 2013 after decay from the weather. Construction of a new 4,500-meter-long runway has been completed, and the original 5,500-meter-long runway has been closed.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[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.
Records
Preceded by
El Alto International Airport
World's highest airport
4,334 m (14,219 ft)

1994–2013
Succeeded by
Daocheng Yading Airport