Daocheng Yading Airport, the world’s highest civilian airport, is scheduled to open in the Ganze Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Sichuan Province, China near the end of 2013, according to the Chinese official news agency Xinhua.
The airport is located at an altitude of 4,410 meters (almost 14,500 feet) and will operate flights to the Chinese cities of Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Guiyang and Xi’an.
The airport will have one 4,200 meter runway. Initially, about 500,000 passengers are expected to use the airport with expectations reaching to attract over one million tourists by 2015. The airport will be used predominately to support tourism in the Garze region where the famous monastery town of Kangding is located.
In November last year, a test flight with an Airbus A319 passenger plane from Chinese flag carrier Air China landed successfully at the airport, according to China Daily.