With an altitude of nearly about 3,000 meters (9,843 feet), Nyingchi Airport has an advantaged position. It is about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from Lhasa and only about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the mysterious Yarlung Tsangpo Canyon. It is a convenient air station for traveling in Tibet because it is closer to Lhasa compared with Bangda Airport and without flight delay due to the seasonal wind blowing with sand in Lhasa Gonggar Airport. Because of the complicated geography and unsettled weather, aircrafts only landing and set off at forenoon and only 100 days of a year is suitable for navigation.
A new 2-story terminal building, covering an area of 10,358 square meters (2.5 acres) is built in Nyingchi Mainling Airport. Currently, the airport has 11 check-in counters, and 4 security checkpoints to serve the public. Passengers can deal with those services including check-in procedures, security check, and baggage claim on the first floor of the terminal. On the second floor, airport lounges for passengers are provided. It ensures that about 30 flights are operated at this airport.
Currently, there are direct flights to/from those cities containing Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Lhasa, Qingdao, and Shenzhen. In the near future, the airport will also operate direct flights to/from major domestic cities including Shanghai, Xian, Hangzhou, and Xiamen.
1. Passengers can take airport shuttle bus to travel between the airport and Bayi Town. Ticket price is CNY25 per person; duration is about an hour. They are advised to sit by window side to appreciate the beautiful scenery along Nyang River.
2. The bus is available from the airport to Bayi Town when there is a flight arrival. The buses from Bayi Town to this airport are available at 07:30 and 07:50.
How to get to Baksum Tso Lake from the airport
Take a regular bus at Bayi Coach Station, and getting off at Bahe Bridge. The bus leaves every 30 minutes. The ticket fare is CNY30 per person. Afterward, hire a private car to the lake, charging CNY25 per person for a single trip. Or charter a car with a cost of CNY150 for a round trip.