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Tibet starts building 5th civil airport

Source: Xinhua | 04-30-2009 08:52

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XIGAZE, Tibet, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Tibet Wednesday started construction on its fifth civil airport in the southwest China's autonomous region, according to local authorities.

The inauguration ceremony on construction work of the Peace Airport, Xigaze Prefecture, southwestern Tibet, is held on April 29, 2009. (Xinhua/ Chogo)
The inauguration ceremony on construction work of the Peace 
Airport, Xigaze Prefecture, southwestern Tibet, is held on 
April 29, 2009. (Xinhua/ Chogo)

The government would invest a total 480 million yuan (70 million U.S. dollars) in the airport in Xigaze, the second-biggest city in Tibet, said Xu Bo, head of the Civil Aviation Administration's Tibet Branch.

Construction work on the Peace Airport, at an altitude of 3,782meters, would be finished in two years, Xu told Xinhua.

Yan Ping, cheif commander of the construction work, said the airport was designed to handle 230,000 passengers and 1,150 tonnes of cargo and mail a year by 2020.