China to construct new airport in Tibet
China is planning to construct a new airport at Dawu Township, which is administered by the Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefectural Government, in the Qinghai Province.
China's Cabinet recently approved the project, which is set to improve infrastructure in the Himalayan region, with construction expected to begin later this year completion in August 2016.
The airport will involve an investment of $184m (1.13bn Yuan) and will be built at an altitude of 3,780m.
It will have the capacity to handle 80,000 passengers and 200t of cargo per year for Airbus 319 and Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
Golog, which covers 76,000km² on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and is mostly made up of snowy mountains, has a population of 180,000.
China has established five airports in Tibet: Gonggar, Lhasa, Bangda, Xigaze and Ngari. A sixth named Daocheng Yading Airport is currently under construction in Daocheng County in Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province.
The 4,411m-high Daocheng Yading Airport will surpass Bangda Airport in Tibet and become one of the world's highest altitude civilian airports.
The current and existing infrastructure developments in the Tibet area have raised concerns in India as it provides a huge advantage to China to mobilise its troops and equipment.
Image: The airport in the Dawu Township will be the seventh in the Tibet area. Photo: courtesy of David Wong.