Shigatse Peace Airport
|Serves||Shigatse, Tibet A.R.|
|Location||Jangdam, Samzhubzê District, Shigatse|
30 October 2010 (public)
|Elevation AMSL||3,782 m / 12,408 ft|
|Shigatse Peace Airport|
Shigatse Peace Airport (IATA: RKZ, ICAO: ZURK), Shigatse Heping Airport, or Shigatse Air Base, is a dual-use military and civilian airport serving Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet Autonomous Region, China. It is located in Jangdam Township, 43 kilometres (27 mi) from Shigatse. Situated at an elevation of 3,782 metres (12,408 ft), it is one of the highest airports in the world.
Construction of Shigatse Airport started in 1968 and was completed in 1973. It was solely for military use until 2010, when a 532 million yuan expansion was completed. On 30 October 2010, the airport was opened as the fifth civilian airport in Tibet.
The airport has a 5,000 meter runway with a 60-meter asphalt overrun at each end. It is the longest public runway in the world. It also features a 4,500 square-metre terminal building. It is projected to handle 230,000 passengers and 1,150 tonnes of cargo annually by 2020.