Nyingchi Airport in Operation
The plane left
"The weather was fine, so the flight turned out to be much less difficult than the test flight," Wei said.
A brief ceremony marking the opening was attended by Zhang Qingli, secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and Li Jun, deputy head of General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC).
Cering Wangmo, a Tibetan woman, said it was the first aircraft she had ever seen.
"I am considering making a trip to
The flight sowed the seed of a dream in Lhaba Cering, a primary school student. "I want to be a pilot. It must be great to fly a plane."
According to Captain Wei Yiqiang, four Boeing 757 planes specially fitted with a facility known as "required navigation performance" (RNP) will be used to fly the Chengdu-Nyingchi air route.
The RNP fitting, which cost 24 million yuan (about 3 million U.S. dollars), will help enormously reduce flight delays or flights returned back because of unfavorable weather factors, and in turn improve the plateau airport's capabilities of handling air passenger and cargo transport.
Flights will be available every Friday between
Danzim Zhogya, 23, a local resident, says he is happy that the new airport has started formal operation.
"Previously, there had been only a highway connecting Nyingchi to
Mr.Yang, a native of
"In the past, if I wanted to return to my working place from my hometown, I had to fly to
"The direct air flight from
Built at a cost of 780 million yuan (96.18 million U.S. dollars), including investment by the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC), the airport is 2,949 meters above sea level, lower than the other two civil airports, with a designed annual passenger flow of 120,000.
About 120 kilometers from the
Because of its location, the airport is considered difficult to reach and land on. Meteorological records show it will have about 100 operational days a year.
News Source: Xinhua News