Tibet is the current record holder for having the world’s highest airport, at an altitude of 4 km above sea level. Not content with this achievement, they have now announced plans to build another airport at a staggering altitude of 4436 meters in the Nagqu prefecture.
The new airport is hoped to bring trade to the central plateau region of Nagqu, tying in with other new infrastructure developments including a new railway network and other small airports. The Chinese government hopes that it will open up direct routes from central Tibet to other south Asian countries and by increasing trade, should help to raise the standard of living of people in a previously isolated area.
It is scheduled to be completed in 2014.