The Lhasa Gonggar International Airport (LXA) is the largest and busiest airport in Tibet Autonomous Region. It is the major arrival and departure hub for international as well as domestic travelers in Tibet. It offers the most efficient connecting and direct flights to Lhasa from the major airports of China like Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Xian, and Guangzhou as well as international flights from Kathmandu, Nepal. Interestingly, it is one of the highest airports in the world, being the 13th highest airport with an elevation of 3,570 meters (11,713 feet) above sea level.

Location:

The Lhasa Gonggar International Airport is strategically located in the Gyazuling Town, Gonggar County of the Shannon Region of Tibet. It is around 62 kilometers south of Lhasa City and is situated along the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River’s south bank.

Terminal Facilities

The area of the Lhasa Gonggar International Airport has around 25,000 square meters or 6.2 acres. The airport also features a 4,000-meter long runway that is 45-meter wide likewise. It is well equipped with all the latest technologies and it features ticketing office, baggage collection beltways, departure lounge, passengers seeing-off hall, restaurants, and even shopping malls.

Gonggar Airport

Lhasa Gonggar International Airport

Flights at Lhasa Gonggar International Airports

Every week, there are more than 40 flights that move in and out of the Gonggar International Airport. These flights are either coming from or going to the different domestic cities of China and Kathmandu. 

Domestic Flights

The Gonggar Airport connects Lhasa to other domestic cities of China. More than two direct flights from the domestic cities of Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, and Xian arrive daily at Lhasa and vice versa. There are also direct or connecting flights from the cities of Xining, Shangri-La, Likuang, Urumqi, Kangding, Mianyang, Guangzhou, and Xiahe to Lhasa. 

  1. Chengdu to Lhasa Flight Route

Chengdu, of course, is a major stopover hub for flights coming from other domestic cities of China. It operates daily a greater number of flights to Lhasa City than any other domestic cities of China. Around 12 to 17 flights daily move in and out of Lhasa during the season from April to October. This means that you will surely have flexible flight choices if you choose Chengdu as your point of departure to Lhasa. Moreover, Chengdu flights fares are cheaper. Additionally, many international airlines operate direct flights to Chengdu.  

Flight No.

Departure-Arrival

Plane

Duration

Schedule and Fares

TV9853

Tibet Airlines

 

Shuangliu Airport to Gonggar Airport

6:00 to 8:25

Airbus A330

2 hours and 25            minutes

SMTWTFS

CA4401

Air China

Shuangliu Airport to Gonggar Airport

6:15 to 8: 40

Airbus A319

2 hours and 25 minutes

SMTWTFS

TV9853

Tibet Airlines

 

Shuangliu Airport to Gonggar Airport

7:10 to 9:50

Airbus A330

2 hours and 40 minutes 

SM - W - F -

3U8657

Sichuan Airlines

 

Shuangliu Airport to Gonggar Airport

6:45 to 9:30

Airbus A330

2 hours and 45 minutes

- T - T - S

3U8657

Sichuan Airlines

 

Shuangliu Airport to Gonggar Airport

7:10 to 9:40

Airbus A330

2 hours and 30 minutes

SM - W - F -

CA4401

Air China

 

Shuangliu Airport to Gonggar Airport

 

Airbus A319

2 hours and 35 minutes

SMTWTFS

TV9882

Tibet Airlines

 

Shuangliu Airport to Gonggar Airport

 

Airbus A330

2 hours and 25 minutes

T - T - S

 

  1. Flights from Xian to Lhasa

Another great route to Lhasa is the Xian to Lhasa Route. Xian, of course, is a good point of departure to Lhasa because it operates several flights to Lhasa with five nonstop flights and two direct flights. Xian is also a tourist hub, being the capital of Shaanxi Province and the ancient capital of 13 dynasties. The route covers around 1,980 kilometers and takes around 3 hours and 20 minutes on average. Airlines that operate flights between these two cities include Sichuan Airlines, Tibet Airlines, and Eastern Airlines.

Flight No.

Departure-Arrival

Plane

Duration

 Sched ule

TV9904

Tibet Airlines

Xian to Lhasa

6:00 to 9:15

Airbus A319

3 hours and 25 minutes

T-W

3U8753

Sichuan Airlines

Xian to Lhasa

6:45 to 10:05

Airbus A319

3 hours and 20 minutes

S - T - TF -

MU9619

China Eastern Airlines

Xian to Lhasa

6:50 to 10:00

Airbus A319

3 hours and 20 minutes

SMTWTFS

MU2333

China Eastern Airlines

Xian to Lhasa

08:20 - 11:40

Airbus A319

3 hours and 20 minutes

SMTWTFS

3U8687

Sichuan Airlines

Xian to Lhasa

7:50 to 12:20

Airbus A319

4 hours and 30 minutes

SMTWTFS

  

 

  1. Beijing to Lhasa Flight Route

Many tourists who want to travel to Tibet use Beijing as their gateway to Lhasa, Tibet. Beijing, of course, is a perfect gateway to Tibet because it is the capital of China. Being the capital of China, it offers many domestic and international flights to tourists. Furthermore, it is a tourist destination on its own. Tourists can take a direct flight from their countries to Beijing and from Beijing, they could board a flight to Lhasa.

At present, two direct flights service the Beijing-Lhasa Route. Another indirect flight makes a stopover at Chengdu. The direct flights from Beijing to Lhasa takes around four hours and 30 minutes and the plane tickets usually cost around 516 USD.

Flights No.

Departure-Arrival

Plane

Duration

Schedules

CA4125

Air China

Beijing to Lhasa

7:35 to 12:45

Airbus A319

4 hours and 30 minutes

SMTWTFS

CA4112

Air China

Beijing to Lhasa

8:15 to 15:05

Airbus A319

6 hours and 50 minutes

SMTWTFS

CA4126

Air China

Lhasa to Beijing

9:30 to 13:25

Airbus A319

5 hours and 55 minutes

SMTWTFS

CA4111

Air China

Lhasa to Beijing

16:20 to 22:15

Airbus A319

5 hours and 55 minutes

SMTWTFS

The flights from Beijing to Lhasa are usually affected by seasonal changes and abrupt weather changes. Thus, the abovementioned schedules are just for your reference. You can readily contact us for more detailed schedules and airfares.

  1. Shanghai to Lhasa Route

Another great gateway to Tibet is Shanghai. It is a highly developed city that operates flights to Lhasa, Tibet. The flights usually take 8 hours with a one-hour stopover at Xian. Other connecting flights make a stopover at Chongqing, Chengdu, and Kunming.

 

Flights No.

Departure-Arrival

Plane

Duration

Schedules

MU2335

China Eastern Airline

Shanghai to Xian to Lhasa

JET

7 hours and 55 minutes

Everyday

MU2336

China Eastern Airlines

Lhasa to Xian to Shanghai

JET

6 hours

Everyday

 

International Flights

There are no direct international flights to Lhasa, Tibet, except for those flights coming from Kathmandu, Nepal. Tibet and Nepal are two geographically adjacent countries and flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa cover a distance of 603.5 kilometers. These flights generally take around 1.5 hours to complete.

The Kathmandu-Lhasa flight route is one of the most spectacular routes in the world, given the fact that you will get to fly over the majestic Himalayas if you take this flight. If you are fortunate, you will get a birds-eye-view of the summit of Mount Everest—the highest mountain in the world. Sichuan Airlines and Air China operate two flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

Flight No.

Departure-Arrival

Plane

Duration

Schedules

3U8720

Sichuan Airlines

Tribhuvan Airport to Gonggar Airport

11:30 to 15:10

Airbus A319

1 hour and 25 minutes

SM-W-F

CA408

Air China

Tribhuvan Airport to Gonggar Airport

12:10to 16:00

Airbus A319

1 hour and 35 minutes

T-T-S

Have a bird-view of the Himalayas.

Have a bird-view of the Himalayas.

Airline Destinations

Several airlines service the Lhasa Gonggar International Airport and these airlines include Air China, Chengdu Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Chongqing Airlines, Lucky Air, Sichuan Airlines, Tibet Airlines, West Air, and Xiamen Air. Below is a complete diagram of the airlines that offer flights to Tibet and their cities of origin or destination.

Destinations

Airlines

Beijing–Capital, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hongyuan, Kathmandu

Air China

Chengdu, Wuhan

Chengdu Airlines

Changsha, Diqing, Chengdu, Kunming, Hohhot, Shanghai–Pudong, Xi'an, Xining

China Eastern Airlines

Guangzhou, Chongqing,

China Southern Airlines

Chongqing

Chongqing Airlines

Chengdu, Kangding

Lucky Air

Chengdu, Gannan, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Kunming, Kathmandu, Lijiang, Urumqi, Mianyang, Xi'an, Xining

Sichuan Airlines

Beijing, Chengdu, Changsha, Chongqing, Diqing, Dazhou, Golmud, Guiyang, Jinan, Hangzhou, Mianyang, Kunming, Lanzhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanchong, Ngari, Shenyang, Qamdo, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shijiazhuang, Wanzhou, Taiyuan, Yibin, Xi'an, Xining, Yibin, Yinchuan, Yushu

Tibet Airlines

Chongqing, Golmud, Hefei, Zhengzhou

West Air

Chongqing, Fuzhou, Xiamen

Xiamen Air

Modes of Transportation to/from the Airport

As mentioned above, Lhasa Gonggar Airport is around 60 kilometers from downtown Lhasa, and it takes around 1.5 hours to reach downtown from the airport. A well-built highway connects the airport and Lhasa City allowing for swift travel from the airport to the city. From the airport, you can either take an airport shuttle bus or taxi to bring you to the city proper.

  1. By Bus

Regular buses plying the route between the airport and Lhasa City usually leave every 30 minutes from the airport based on flight time. The ticket price for a one-way ride is usually around 25 RMB. These shuttle buses are available from 6:30 in the morning to 7:30 in the evening. 

Bus Route

Time

Direction

Ticket Price

Upline

6:30 to 19:30

Airport to Downtown

25 RMB

Downline

6:30 to 19:30

Downtown to Airport

25 RMB

  1. By Taxi

If you choose to hail a taxi from the airport, you would usually pay around 150 RMB to 200 RMB. It will also take an hour from the airport to reach downtown Lhasa. Right outside the airport, you will immediately find available taxis who are more willing to give you a ride to downtown Lhasa.

  1. By Tibet Travel Agency Service

However, if you avail of the service of a Tibet travel agency, you are assured that a car and a driver would pick you up at the airport and drive you to your designated hotel in Lhasa. This is a more convenient option, providing you with a smooth trip from the airport to your hotel.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lhasa Gonggar Airport

  1. Is there a taxi service call center system in Lhasa?

There is no taxi service call center system in Lhasa. Thus, it is better to avail of a pre-booking service so that you will have a smooth journey from the airport to your hotel in downtown Lhasa.

  1. When was the Lhasa Gonggar Airport Built?

The airport became operational in the year 1965 with flights from Lhasa to Chengdu and Beijing. It was later expanded in the year 2004. It has a capacity of checking in around 1,300 passengers every hour during peak hours.

  1. What airlines operate flights to/from Lhasa Gonggar International Airport?

There are several airlines that service flights to Lhasa Gonggar Airports. These airlines include Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, Hainan, Sichuan, Shenzhen, and Tibet Airlines. During peak season (April to October) there are around 40 domestic flights that operate to and from Gonggar Airport every week.

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