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Daocheng Yading Airport
Airport type Public
Serves Daocheng, Sichuan, China
Location Sangdui Township
Opened 16 September 2013
Elevation AMSL 4,411 m / 14,472 ft
Coordinates 29°19′23″N 100°03′12″E / 29.32306°N 100.05333°E / 29.32306; 100.05333
DCY is located in Sichuan
Location in Sichuan
DCY is located in China
Location in China
Runway Length Surface
m ft
16/34 4,200 13,780 Concrete
Daocheng Yading Airport
Daocheng Yading Airport
Traditional Chinese 稻城亞丁機場
Simplified Chinese 稻城亚丁机场

Daocheng Yading Airport (IATA: DCYICAO: ZUDC) is an airport serving Daocheng County. Daocheng County is a county that is in Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The prefecture is in the province of Sichuan, China. The airport is located in Sangdui Town. Sandui town is 50 kilometers north of the county seat. Yading Nature Reserve is 130 kilometers away from the airport. Daocheng Yading is 4,411 m (14,472 ft) above sea level. This makes it the highest civilian airport in the world.

Construction started after plans for the airport was approved in April 2011. The total cost of construction is 1.58 billion yuan (US$255 million). The airport officially opened on 16 September 2013. The first flight was Air China flight 4215 on an Airbus A319. The flight came from Chengdu. It carried 118 passengers. The opening of the airport reduces the time needed to travel from Daocheng and Chengdu to one hour. This journey used to take two days by bus.


Daocheng Yading Airport has one runway that is 4,200 m (13,800 ft) long and 45 m (148 ft) wide. It has a 5,000 m2 (54,000 sq ft) terminal building. The airport terminal is shaped like a flying saucer. There are two aerobridges. It is designed to handle 280,000 passengers per year.

Pilots landing and taking off a plane from the airport need to be a captain. They also need to have a license that allows them to land on a high elevation airport. They cannot be more than 55 years old. They also need have 1200 hours in flying experience. Out of this 1200, 100 must be on the type of aircraft they are currently flying.

Airlines and destinations

Daocheng Yading is served by airlines such as Air China, China Southern Airlines as well as Sichuan Airlines. There are several destinations these airlines fly to. Air China operates flights to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (Chengdu) and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (Guangzhou). China Southen operates flights to Chengdu and Guangzhou. Sichuan Airlines operates flights to Chengdu, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport and Xi'an Xianyang International Airport.

The table below gives a summary of the destinations and airlines:

Airlines Destinations 
Air China Chengdu

China Southern Airlines Chengdu, Guangzhou

Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Xi'an
Preceded by
Qamdo Bamda Airport
World's highest airport
4,411 m (14,472 ft)

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