March 9,2017--Nyingchi Mainling Airport, the second-largest airport terminal in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, officially started operation Monday. It is also the sixth airport terminal put into use in Tibet.
The new terminal is located at Nyingchi Mainling Airport. It covers an area of 10,300 square meters and will be able to handle 750,000 passengers and 3,000 tonnes of cargo throughput annually by 2020.
The Nyingchi airport will open new direct air routes to Xi'an, Shanghai, Hangzhou and other key cities in China, resume routes to Beijing and increase more round trip flights to Lhasa, Guangzhou, Kunming, Chongqing and Shenzhen after the new terminal comes into service, building a more perfect air transportation network system.
The new airport terminalwill effectively alleviate pressure brought by the growing number of passengers and greatly promote the comprehensive support capacity of Nyingchi Mainling Airport, said Liu Wei, deputy director of Civil Aviation Administration of China in Tibet.
Nyingchi is located in southeast Tibet at an average elevation of 2,950 meters above sea level. The city has attracted more visitors in recent years thanks to tourist attractions such as its peach blossom festival.