Tibet's Shigatse Airport to open in October

17:29, April 13, 2010      

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The project to utilize the Shigatse Airport as both a military and civil airport is currently progressing smoothly, and the civil airport is expected to open this October, according to sources from the Civil Aviation Administration's Tibet Branch.
Xu Bo, the branch head, said a total of 489 million yuan will be invested in the project. The construction of the airport started on April 29, 2009 after Tibet Autonomous Region allocated 160 million yuan of funds. The construction is expected to be completed this September and the airport will be put into operation in October.
According to sources, during the 12th Five-year Plan, another airport will be built in Naqu, Tibet. Upon its completion, all major cities in Tibet will have a transport airport. Tibet will also research and make plans to build small transport airports and general-purpose airports in key counties in order to gradually expand the scope of its civil aviation service.

By People's Daily Online


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