Tibet has Lhasa Konggar Airport, Qamdo Bangdam Airport and Nyingchi Airport, with 14 flight routes leading to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Xi'an and Xining, and so on, one international route to Katmandu, as well as charter flights to Hong Kong. In July 2006, the passenger transportation by air entered a new period of high-speed development alongside with the opening to traffic of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. In 2006, Tibet handled 1.2291 million person-times by air, an increase of 19.5 percent, and 10,800 tons of cargo, up 42.8 percent.
With the further implementation of reform of the national civil aviation system, the Tibetan air transportation experienced further development. On September 1, 2006, Nyingchi Airport was opened to traffic. In 2007, construction began on Ngari Gunsa Airport for expected completion in October 2010. Furthermore, reconstruction and expansion of Lhasa Konggar Airport and Qamdo Bangdam Airport were also due to be carried out, along with upgrading and rebuilding the air control system. With the constant improvement of infrastructure and flight route network, Tibet civil aviation sector is expected to see further improvement.
September 2006 saw the Nyingchi Airport go into service. This marks aviation service entered a new stage of development in Tibet.