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World's highest-altitude civilian airport to start operations


10:48, November 24, 2012

Passengers get off the test flight at the Daochengyading Airport in Daocheng county of the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, November 23, 2012. The first test flight of the airport successfully landed Friday. With the height of 4,411 meters above sea level, the Daochengyading Airport becomes the highest civil airport in the world. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)

Daocheng Yading Airport in southwest China's Sichuan Province, the world's highest-altitude civilian airport, will start operations in May, following the success of a test flight on Friday, according to a source with the airport.

An Airbus A319 passenger plane from Air China, the country's flagship carrier, successfully landed at the airport in Daocheng County, Garzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, after flying there from Chengdu, the provincial capital.

Air China is expected to launch the one-hour flight between Yading and Chengdu in May, said Tan Heng, an airport official.

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