Tibet Plans High-Altitude Airport

 - February 6, 2012, 1:50 AM

Tibet is already home to the world’s highest-altitude airport–Qamdo Prefecture’s Bamda Airport, at 14,219 feet msl–but it plans this year to break ground on an even higher airport in Nagqu Prefecture. According to the Tibetan Branch of the China Civil Aviation Administration, the site of the new 670-acre airport is 334 feet higher than Bamda. It is expected to cost more than $280 million and will be ready for service within three years.