Qamdo Bamda Airport

Coordinates: 30°33′13″N 97°06′31″E / 30.55361°N 97.10861°E / 30.55361; 97.10861
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Qamdo Bamda Airport

Qamdo Bamda Airport.jpg
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; 97.10861
BPX is located in Tibet
Location of airport in the Tibet Autonomous Region
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 5,500 18,045 Grooved Asphalt
Statistics (2021)
Aircraft movements4,754
Cargo (metric tons)1,461.6
Qamdo Bamda Airport
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese昌都机场
Traditional Chinese昌都邦達機場
Tibetan name

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).


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-metre-long (14,800 ft) runway has been completed, and the original 5,500-metre-long (18,000 ft) runway has been closed.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Air China Chengdu–Shuangliu
Tibet Airlines Chengdu–Shuangliu, Chongqing, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Xi'an
West Air Chongqing

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 World's highest airport
4,334 m (14,219 ft)

Succeeded by