Qamdo Bamda Airport, Tibet
The Qamdo Bamda Airport, Tibet, China, stands 14,219 feet above sea level. Qamdo Bamda once held the world record for the world’s highest airport. China’s Daocheng Yading Airport now holds that title.
Qamdo Bamda’s runway extends 5.5 km and it’s the longest paved public runway in the world.
The length of Qamdo Bamda’s runway is important because at its elevation it’s hard for airplanes to generate lift. The long runway allows pilots more opportunity to get off the ground.
Qamdo Bamda airport experiences tumultuous weather with high winds and cold temperatures.
In 2007, the Qamdo Bamda underwent renovations. Around 2018, developers anticipate the completion of a 4000 metre second runway.