Lhasa airport reaches flier milestone

The world’s highest airport, which serves Lhasa, the Tibetan capital has for the first time handled more than one million passengers in a year.China’s official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday. The one millionth passenger through the airport this year departed on an Air China flight to the southwestern city of Chengdu just before 0300 GMT, the report said.

That represented a rise of about a fifth over last year, mainly attributable to growing numbers of tourists despite the competition from the Qinghai-Tibet railway, which opened over the summer, Xinhua said.

The railway competition has caused air ticket prices to fall, encouraging more people to visit the Himalayan region, it added.