What Airlines Fly to Tibet

Last updated: September,27 2019

When planning a trip to Tibet, many tourists will choose the way of getting to Tibet by air, considering it is convenient and time-saving. As the rapid development of economy and tourism in Tibet, there are more and more airlines operating flights to Tibet. Among them, the Air China, Sichuan Airlines and Tibet Airlines are the most popular airlines providing the most frequent flights to Tibet. Compared with other airlines, the three also offer the largest number of direct flights to Lhasa and other cities in Tibet. Currently, tourists can fly to Tibet from mainland cities in China, like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an etc, as well as taking an international flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

Plane of Tibet Airlines Flying to TibetThere are a large number of flights flying to Lhasa operated by different airlines.

One thing need to be noted is that, foreign travelers should first get the Tibet Travel Permit before buy the air t ticket of flights to Tibet. And the permit will be checked before you board the flight in your chosen gateway city to Tibet. As a pioneer in Tibet Tourism operators, we can help to handle the issue of the permit application. Please feel free to contact us for detailed information.

Air China Airlines

Air China is the largest state-owned flag carrier and one of the major airlines in China, with its headquarters in Beijing and flight operations based at Beijing Capital International Airport. Currently, the airline has opened more than 200 domestic and international air routes, reaching a significant number of Asian, Australian, American and European destinations from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and other cities in China.

As for the flights to Tibet, Air China handles direct flights from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Xining etc., and one international flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Foreign travelers who want to travel to Tibet by air can first take an international flight to Beijing or other gateway cities, and then fly to Lhasa.

Kathmandu to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Air China Kathmandu to Lhasa CA408 12:10 16:00 319 Every Tue, Thu & Sat
Air China Lhasa to Kathmandu CA407 11:50 11:10 319 Every Tue, Thu & Sat

Beijing to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Air China Beijing to Lhasa CA4125 07:35 12:05 319 every day
Air China Beijing to Lhasa CA4112 08:20 15:15 319 every day

Chengdu to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Air China Chengdu to Lhasa CA4403 06:10 08:55 319 every day
Air China Chengdu to Lhasa CA4401 07:25 10:00 330 every day
Air China Chengdu to Lhasa CA407 08:55 11:35 319 every day
Air China Chengdu to Lhasa CA4112 12:40 15:15 319 every day

Chongqing to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Air China Chongqing to Lhasa CA4420 13:45 16:45 319 every day
Air China Chongqing to Lhasa CA4419 10:05 12:30 319 every day

Xi’an to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Air China Xi’an to Lhasa CA3904 06:00 09:00 330 every day
Air China Lhasa to Xi'an CA3968 16:25 19:30 330 every day

Xining to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Air China Xining to Lhasa CA3988 12:15 14:35 319 every day
Air China Lhasa to Xining CA3987 15:40 17:50 319 every day

Please Note: The above timetables and schedules are just for your reference. Please check the exact information with your travel consultant.

Sichuan Airlines

Headquartered in Chengdu, Sichuan Airlines is the most important airline in southwest China, especially in Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet. It also has branch offices in Chongqing and Kunming, and operating bases in Hangzhou, Sanya, Beijing, Xi’an and Harbin. The air route network of Sichuan Airlines has grown from the first seven to over 240 now, connecting nearly 30 international destinations like Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Kathmandu, Vancouver, Sydney, Moscow, Los Angeles, and Cairo etc.

Currently Sichuan Airlines is the most popular airline which operates a dozen direct flights to Tibet every day from Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Xian, Kathmandu etc. As a better option, tourist are suggested to fly to Tibet from Chengdu, as there are more direct flights available with cheaper fares there.

Kathmandu to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Sichuan Airlines Kathmandu to Lhasa 3U8720 11:30 15:10 319 Every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun
Sichuan Airlines Lhasa to Kathmandu 3U8719 11:10 10:30 319 Every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun

Chengdu to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu to Lhasa 3U8657 06:10 08:30 330 every day
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu to Lhasa 3U8697 08:30 10:55 319 every day
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu to Lhasa 3U8695 12:05 14:25 330-300 every day

Chongqing to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Sichuan Airlines Chongqing to Lhasa 3U8633 06:50 09:45 319 every day
Sichuan Airlines Chongqing to Lhasa 3U8665 14:45 17:30 319 every day

Xi’an to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Sichuan Airlines Xi'an to Lhasa 3U8753 06:45 10:05 319 every day
Sichuan Airlines Xi'an to Lhasa 3U8599 07:40 11:55 319 every day
Sichuan Airlines Xi'an to Lhasa 3U8687 07:50 12:20 319 every day

Kunming to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Sichuan Airlines Kunming to Lhasa 3U8817 07:30 11:50 319 every day
Sichuan Airlines Lhasa to Kunming 3U8818 13:05 16:40 319 every day

Please Note: The above timetables and schedules are just for your reference. Please check the exact information with your travel consultant.

Tibet Airlines

Tibet Airlines is the first high plateau airline in China, with its base located in Lhasa Gongga International Airport. Centered in the southwest China, it has now opened high altitude routes connecting Tibet with surrounding cities, like Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Xining, Lanzhou etc. Meanwhile, there are also flights departing from Beijing and Shanghai to Lhasa, operated by Tibet Airlines.

The advantage of Tibet Airlines compared to other airlines is that it can take tourists directly to other cities of Tibet, like Nyingchi and Shigatse, in addition to Lhasa. If you want to start your Tibet tour in a different way, leaving out the conventional beginning point of Lhasa, you might get more opportunities by taking the flight by Tibet Airlines.

Beijing to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Tibet Airlines Beijing to Lhasa TV9816 14:50 19:15 319 every day
Tibet Airlines Lhasa to Beijing TV9815 10:05 13:35 319 every day

Chengdu to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Tibet Airlines Chengdu to Lhasa TV9803 05:50 08:10 330 every day
Tibet Airlines Chengdu to Lhasa TV9855 08:40 11:05 330 every day
Tibet Airlines Chengdu to Lhasa TV9882 21:05 23:25 330 every day
Tibet Airlines Chengdu to Lhasa TV9848 21:05 00:20 330 every day

Chengdu to Nyingchi Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Tibet Airlines Chengdu to Nyingchi TV9873 06:25 08:35 319 every day
Tibet Airlines Nyingchi to Chengdu TV9874 09:45 11:45 319 every day

Chengdu to Shigatse Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Tibet Airlines Chengdu to Shigatse TV9843 15:15 17:45 319 Every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun
Tibet Airlines Chengdu to Shigatse TV9843 07:05 09:30 319 Every Tue, Thu & Sat

Chongqing to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Tibet Airlines Chongqing to Lhasa TV9813 06:10 08:55 319 every day
Tibet Airlines Lhasa to Chongqing TV9814 22:00 00:30 319 every day

Xi’an to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Tibet Airlines Xi’an to Lhasa TV6018 06:00 09:15 319 every day
Tibet Airlines Xi’an to Lhasa TV9884 16:25 19:30 330 every day

Kunming to Lhasa Flight Schedule

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
Tibet Airlines Kunming to Lhasa TV9892 13:20 17:30 319 every day
Tibet Airlines Kunming to Lhasa TV6024 20:15 23:05 319 every day

Please Note: The above timetables and schedules are just for your reference. Please check the exact information with your travel consultant.

Other Airlines Offering Flights to Tibet

Except the above-mentioned, there are mainly China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines operating frequent flights to Tibet. Respectively headquartered in Shanghai and Guangzhou, the two airlines belong to “Big Three of China Aviation”, together with Air China. Currently the flights to Tibet operated by China Eastern Airlines mainly leave from Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an and Kunming. While China Southern Airlines provides direct flights to Lhasa from Guangzhou and Chongqing every day. Check the detailed schedules of each airline as follows.

Flights to Tibet by China Eastern Airlines

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai to Lhasa MU2335 06:45 14:40 JET every day
China Eastern Airlines Chengdu to Lhasa MU5473 08:25 10:50 319 every day
China Eastern Airlines Chengdu to Lhasa MU5473 08:25 10:50 319 every day
China Eastern Airlines Xi’an to Lhasa MU9619 06:50 10:00 319 every day
China Eastern Airlines Xi’an to Lhasa MU2333 08:20 11:40 319 every day
China Eastern Airlines Xi’an to Lhasa MU2335 11:20 14:40 319 every day
China Eastern Airlines Kunming to Lhasa MU5939 08:25 12:40 Boeing 737 every day
China Eastern Airlines Kunming to Lhasa MU5827 13:50 16:45 Boeing 737 every day

Flights to Tibet by China Southern Airlines

AirlinesFlight RouteFlight CodeDep.Arr.TypeSchedule
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou to Lhasa CZ3463 08:10 14:05 31G every day
China Southern Airlines Chongqing to Lhasa CZ8165 08:30 11:20 31C every day
China Southern Airlines Chongqing to Lhasa CZ3463 11:15 14:05 31G every day

Please Note: The above timetables and schedules are just for your reference. Please contact us for the detailed information for your flight booking.

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