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16:28 Jan 27 2010

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Development of Tibet's civil aviation industry to be accelerated
16:28, January 27, 2010  

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) will make sure all the prefectures and cities in the Tibet Autonomous Region will have access to airports in the future.

In The Guideline on Developing Tibet's Civil Aviation Industry released on Monday, CAAC pledged to take 18 measures to enhance the industry including improving services, increasing flights and ensuring supportive capabilities.

The administration will speed up the upgrading and construction of existing airports, and improve navigation lighting systems at various airports, in order to meet the needs of night flights.

As to flight schedules, the administration will encourage airlines to add flights between Tibet and other parts of China, including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao. Those newly-added flights to and from Tibet will enjoy preferential treatment in the next two to three years.

Meanwhile, Chinese and foreign airlines will be encouraged to launch international flights linking Tibet, given they implement bilateral air transport agreements.

With the rapid development of Tibet's civil aviation industry, flights in Tibet have been operating safely for 44 years, according to Li Jiaxiang, director of CAAC. So far, the Lhasa Gonggar Airport operates trunk air routes, while the Chamdo and Nyingchi airports operate branch routes.

Now Tibet has 16 air routes and its aviation industry contributed 24 percent to the region's GDP in 2008.

Source: Xinhuanet

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