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 code:LZY
ICAO airport code:ZUNZ
Chinese name: 林芝米林机场
Altitude:2, 949 meters
Address: Yarlung Zangbo River Valley in Mainling County, Nyingchi City, 50 km from Linzhi City
Major Connected cities: Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Lhasa

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.

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.

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Domestic Flights to Nyingchi

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]

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