Qamdo Bamda Airport

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).

Qamdo Bamda Airport

昌都邦达机场
ཆབ་མདོ་སྤང་མདའ་གནམ་གྲུ་ཐང་
Summary
Airport typePublic
ServesQamdo, Tibet A.R., China
LocationBamda, Baxoi County, Tibet A.R.
Elevation AMSL4,400 m / 14,436 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་

BackgroundEdit

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 destinationsEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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