World’s highest airport planned

Tibet to get world’s highest airport, in Nagqu

A new infrastructure record is in preparation for China as it launches construction on a new airport in Nagqu, Tibet. With an altitude of 4,436 metres above sea level, it will be the world’s highest airport, due for completion by 2015. Pointing to the results of a feasibility study, the Chinese authorities assure that it is safe to operate an airport at such an extreme altitude.
China is currently implementing a program to improve transportation infrastructure across the Tibetan plateau, and the €224 million airport as well as a Qinghai-Tibet highway and Qinghai-Tibet railway are integral to the plan.
[pictured: Himalayan mountains near K2; photo by Pipimaru]