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Nyingchi Mainling Airport Overview

Nyingchi Mainling Airport is located in the Brahmaputra River Basin. With an altitude of only 2,949 meters (9675 feet), Nyingchi Mainling Airport is the lowest airport but also the most challenging one in Tibet. There are direct flights from Chengdu, Lhasa, Chongqing, Guangzhou to Nyingchi, from Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Guilin, Lanzhou and other places need to transfer from Chengdu or Chongqing.

 

IATA airport codeLZY

ICAO airport codeZUNZ

Chinese name: 林芝米林机场

Altitude2, 949 meters

Address: Yarlung Zangbo River Valley in Mainling County, Nyingchi City, 50 km from Linzhi City

Connecting cities: Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Lhasa

 

Nyingchi Mainling Airport History

Nyingchi Mainling Airport, also known as Nyingchi Airport, is the third civil aviation airport after Lhasa Gonggar Airport and Qamdo Bamda Airport. The construction of Nyingchi Airport began in October 2003 and was put into operation at the end of 2005. As one of the most difficult airports, Nyingchi Mainling Airport has been equipped with advanced facilities to ensure safety, such as specially designed navigation equipment, lightning protection equipment, and building auxiliary facilities, etc.

 

Nyingchi Mainling Airport currently has direct flights to four cities (Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Lhasa), which can be unforgettable. Nyingchi is an attractive area of ​​Tibet with stunning natural landscapes, snow-capped peaks, an ocean of peach blossoms (in full bloom in March), and views of the Brahmaputra river. When the plane flies above Nyingchi, you can clearly see the beautiful scenery outside the window.

 

The Nyingchi Airport operation is very challenging. Nyingchi Airport is 2,949 meters above sea level, making it the lowest airport in Tibet. However, Nyingchi Mainling Airport is surrounded by towering and steep mountains over 4,000 meters above sea level. Due to the narrow and awkward air routes, automatic alarms may be triggered and signals from navigation devices are likely to be disturbed. For such an airport, it is very challenging for the aircraft to take off or land. From 14:00 to 18:00, the wind speed is 27 m / s, far higher than the airworthiness standard of the Boeing 757 Airbus. Therefore, all aircraft must take off or land in the morning. In order to operate flights to and from the Nyingchi Airport, the crew must have good psychological quality and superior technical skills to ensure that every turn and every height change is accurate.

 

Domestic Flights to Nyingchi Mainling Airport

At present, Nyingchi Mainling Airport is directly connected to four cities including Chengdu, Lhasa, Chongqing and Guangzhou. Chengdu, Lhasa and Chongqing have daily flights to Nyingchi in the peak season (May to October). Flights between Guangzhou and Lhasa are only available on Mondays and Fridays.

 

Chengdu/Nyingchi Airline

As the most popular gateway city in Tibet, Chengdu has daily flights to Lhasa, Shigatse, Qamdo and Nyingchi. From Chengdu Shuangliu Airport to Nyingchi Mainling Airport, there are four direct flights a day, with a journey of more than 1,190 kilometers (739 miles), which takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes. These flights may be cancelled in certain seasons. If you want to get Nyingchi from mainland China, it is recommended to book a flight from Chengdu. Because you can easily reach Chengdu from many international cities such as Amsterdam, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Frankfurt, London, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, as well as major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an and Guilin.

 

Chengdu-Nyingchi Flight Timetable:

Flight No.

Departure-Arrival

Frequency

Ticket Price

CA4431

Air China

06:15 Chengdu Shuangliu Airport

08:25 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,480

[Economy class]

3U8693

Sichuan Airlines

06:25 Chengdu Shuangliu Airport

08:40 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,480

[Economy class]

TV9832

Tibet Airlines

07:05 Chengdu Shuangliu Airport

09:10 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,480

[Economy class]

CA4431

Air China

08:15 Chengdu Shuangliu Airport

10:10 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,480

[Economy class]

 

Nyingchi-Chengdu Flight Timetable:

Flight No.

Departure-Arrival

Frequency

Ticket Price

CA4433

Air China

09:05 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

11:05 Chengdu Shuangliu Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,480

[Economy class]

3U8694

Sichuan Airlines

06:25 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

08:40 Chengdu Shuangliu Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,480

[Economy class]

TV9831

Tibet Airlines

07:05 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

09:10 Chengdu Shuangliu Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,480

[Economy class]

CA4252

Air China

08:15 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

10:10 Chengdu Shuangliu Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,480

[Economy class]

 

√ Chongqing/Nyingchi Airline

As one of the four municipalities directly under the China Government, Chongqing is a developed transportation hub. Many domestic flights and international flights to Chongqing every day. In addition to Chengdu, Chongqing is also the gateway city of Tibet. It provided 13 flights to Tibet, including 2 direct flights to Nyingchi Mainling Airport. It takes 2.5 to 3 hours for the entire trip to 1,446 km (899 miles).

 

Chongqing-Nyingchi Flight Timetable:

Flight No.

Departure-Arrival

Frequency

Ticket Price

3U8139

Sichuan Airlines

06:40 Jiangbei Airport T2A

09:30 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,740

[Economy class]

TV9835

Tibet Airlines

06:20 Jiangbei Airport T2B

08:55 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,740

[Economy class]

 

Nyingchi-Chongqing Flight Timetable:

Flight No.

Departure-Arrival

Frequency

Ticket Price

3U8137

Sichuan Airlines

10:35 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

12:45 Jiangbei Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,740

[Economy class]

TV9836

Tibet Airlines

09:50 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

12:05 Jiangbei Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,740

[Economy class]

 

√ Guangzhou/Nyingchi Airline

Guangzhou is a popular international entry hub in southeastern China. It is very convenient to travel to Guangzhou by international flights from all over the world. Most people also like to travel from Hong Kong, which is very close to Guangzhou. Guangzhou has trains and planes to Tibet. Direct flights from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to Linzhi Merrill Airport are available on Mondays and Fridays. Within 4 hours, you can go from the metropolis Guangzhou to the picturesque Nyingchi.

 

Guangzhou-Nyingchi Flight Timetable:

Flight No.

Departure-Arrival

Frequency

Ticket Price

CZ3477

Southern Airlines

06:00 Baiyun Airport

12:50 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

---W-F-

RMB 2,630

[Economy class]

 

Nyingch-Guangzhou Flight Timetable:

Flight No.

Departure-Arrival

Frequency

Ticket Price

CZ3478

Southern Airlines

10:40 Nyingchi Mainling Airport

14:15 Baiyun Airport

---W-F-

RMB 2,630

[Economy class]

 

√ Lhasa/Nyingchi Airline

 

Nyingch-Lhasa Flight Timetable:

Flight No.

Departure-Arrival

Frequency

Ticket Price

TV9834

Tibet Airlines

11:25 Gonggar Airport

12:10 Nyingchi Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,510

[Economy class]

 

Lhasa-Nyingch Flight Timetable:

Flight No.

Departure-Arrival

Frequency

Ticket Price

TV9833

Tibet Airlines

10:05 Nyingchi Airport

10:45 Gonggar Airport

S/M,TWTFS

RMB 1,510

[Economy class]

 

International Flights to Lhasa

So far, there is only one international air route to Lhasa: Kathmandu - Lhasa. Geographically, Lhasa is only 603.5 kilometers from Kathmandu. It takes only one and a half hours from Kathmandu to Lhasa. The air route in Kathmandu Lhasa is also considered to be one of the most beautiful routes in the world, as it flies over many famous peaks in the Himalayas, such as Mount Everest (8,848 m), Kangchenjunga (8,536 m), Lhotse (8,516 m) and other peaks of the Himalayas.

 

In the summer, there are direct flights every day, sometimes twice a day, sometimes only once. Only Air China and Sichuan Airlines operate Kathmandu-Lhasa flights. During the off-season, daily flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa may be reduced or even cancelled. From Kathmandu to Lhasa, you need three essential documents – a Tibetan group visa, a Tibet Travel Permit and a valid passport.

 

Kathmandu-Lhasa Flight Timetable:

Flight No.

Departure-Arrival

Frequency

Ticket Price

3U8720

Sichuan Airlines

11:30 Tribhuvan Airport

15:10 Gonggar Airport

S/M,-W-F-

RMB 5,230

[Economy class]

CA408

Air China

12:10 Tribhuvan Airport

16:00 Gonggar Airport

--T-T-S

RMB 4,410

[Economy class]

 

Nyingchi Mainling Airport transfers

Nyingchi Mainling Airport is about 50 kilometers from downtown Nyingchi and about 18 kilometers from Mainling County. There are two shuttle buses from Mainling County to the airport at 7:20 and 7:40 respectively. The ticket is about 25 RMB and the journey is about half an hour. Taking a taxi from Nyingchi Airport to Bayi Subdistrict in Nyingchi will cost about 150 RMB.

 

Tibetadvisor is dedicated to providing you with convenient and comfortable airport pickup service, which are usually included in our Tibet Travel Package. If you join our tour group, you will enjoy our free airport pickup service.

 

Useful Travel Tips:

1. Documents required for entry/exit in Tibet

√ Passport: The passport must be a valid passport. Whether you are flying or booking a flight, or checking in at the hotel, you must provide the original passport. Therefore, tourists must pay attention to carry a passport with you.

√ Chinese visa: In addition to visa-free countries within 15 days, visitors from other countries are required to provide a valid visa.

√ Tibet Travel Permit: When you exchange your boarding pass and the airport for security check, the airport staff will check the Tibet Travel Permit, so please make sure you have prepared your letter of admission before you fly, and bring the letter to Lhasa. Give a guide

 

2. How to order airline tickets

Tickets can be booked on the online website, such as Booking.com, Expedia, Ctrip(携程), Qunar(去哪儿网), and Fliggy(飞猪), and more. You can also purchase tickets from a Chinese airport or ticket agent. You are also welcome to help us book your flight. We update the latest flight information in real time and can usually order cheaper tickets. In summer and autumn, it is often difficult to book flights to Lhasa. When using our reservation service, we will not only book a flight, but also arrange a very attractive travel package for you.

 

3. When is the best time to fly to Tibet?

In general, the recommended months from April to October are the best time to travel to Tibet. Other months are usually cold and there may be heavy snow, especially in the areas of Everest, Mt. Kailash and Namsto Lake. The flights from April to October will be more frequent than in the past. During the period from December to March, airlines will cut the number of flights, usually once a week or even cancel. But big cities like Chengdu and Xi'an still have flights every day during the off-season. It is recommended to take an early flight to arrive in Lhasa later in the afternoon and have enough time to adjust to the altitude and thin air of Lhasa. Morning flights also reduce the risk of flight delays or cancellations.

 

4. What are the popular gateway cities to fly to Tibet?

At present, Chengdu, Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Chongqing, Kunming and Shangri-La are used as gateways to Tibet.

 

5. International flights to China

Kathmandu is the only international city that can fly to Lhasa. The flight distance from Kathmandu to Lhasa is only 375 miles (1.5 hours). From May to October, there are one or two direct flights every day. During the off-season, daily flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa may be reduced or cancelled. From Kathmandu to Lhasa, you will need a group visa, Tibet Travel Permit and a valid passport.

 

6. Besides Nyingchi Mainling Airport, what city in Tibet can I fly to?

There are five airports in Tibet. In addition to Nyingchi Mainling you can also fly to Shigatse, Ngari, Lhasa and Qamdo.

Ngari - Urumqi (Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang) has a direct flight every Tuesday and Friday. On this flight, passengers need to obtain military permit, border passing permit and Tibet travel permit.

√ Lhasa - More than 20 aircraft fly between Lhasa and Chengdu every day. In addition, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an and Kunming have more than two flights to Lhasa every day. Lhasa Gongga Airport is the largest and most important airport in Tibet, connecting Lhasa with many cities in China and Kathmandu, Nepal.

√ Qamdo - Chongqing and Chengdu have daily flights to Tibet Changdu. But few tourists choose this line because Qamdo is not a popular tourist destination in Tibet.

√ Shigatse - There are daily flights between Chengdu and Shigatse. The airport name is Shigatse Peace Airport and is about 46 kilometers from Shigatse city center.


7. Baggage check requirements

Luggage

First Class

Business Class

Economy Class

Allowed Baggage Size

Allowed Carry-on

5kg*2 pieces

5kg

5kg

55cm/20cm/40cm(L/B/H)

Allowed Checked

40kg

30kg

20kg

100cm/60cm/40cm(L/B/H)

 

8. Is there discount tickets for children?

Infants under the age of two (based on the date of departure) will purchase a baby ticket at 10% of the adult fare. Children who are 2 years of age or younger and under 12 years of age (based on the date of departure) will be entitled to a seat at 50% of the regular adult fare for the same flight. When purchasing a child ticket, you should provide valid documents such as birth certificate and residence booklet for children and babies. When purchasing a baby or child ticket, the identity information needs to be tied to the adult.

 

9. How to get a paper ticket after purchasing a ticket online?

At present, there is no paper ticket for online ticket purchase. Visitors can exchange their boarding pass if they only need to present the valid documents used to book the ticket at the airport counter. Foreign guests flying to Tibet, in addition to presenting valid documents, should also present the original letter of admission to check-in.

 

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