Terminal 3 at Lhasa Gonggar Airport has been officially opened in south-west China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.

China’s Global Times reported that the new terminal entailed an investment of $603m.

Construction works for Terminal 3 began in 2017, as the key project, which was included in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) period.

With a total area of about 88,000m², Terminal 3 is a two-and-a-half-storey structure, with the upper floor said to be completely dedicated for departures.

The middle floor will be used for arrival and the ground floor features a reception area, baggage claim and sorting halls and a long-distance flight waiting hall.

The new terminal has 20 boarding gates, 22 security channels, 40 check-in counters and a parking apron with 21 aircraft stands.

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It features Tibetan cultural elements with a roof painted in Tibetan gold and styled to the shape of a lotus.

Gonggar Airport has connectivity to 62 cities through 114 routes and reportedly registered more than 4.5 million passenger trips in 2019.

Terminal 3 is expected to see an annual throughput of nine million passenger trips and 80,000 metric tonnes of cargo by 2025.

Currently, ten airlines operate from the airport including Air China and West Air and with the opening of the new terminal, flight operations are scheduled to transfer to the new terminal.