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China to operate Lhasa airport round the clock

June 29, 2008

June 26, 2008

BEIJING, June 26 (Reuters) -- China is spending 99 million yuan
($14.43 million) installing runway lighting at the airport in the
Tibetan capital, Lhasa, to enable round-the-clock operations, state
media said on Thursday.

The upgrade of the airport, one of the highest in the world, would
boost handling capacity by 40 percent, the Xinhua news agency cited
an official as saying.

"It is not yet known when the first night flights into the airport
will take place," the report said.

Two years ago, China opened a third civil airport in Tibet and is
planning more, part of a plan to boost visitors to the remote and
restless mountainous region.

Beijing says that the new airports, roads and a railway to Tibet will
promote development and help raise living standards, while Tibet
activists say it will speed up the pace of Chinese migration there
and dilute Tibetan Buddhist culture.

Tibet was rocked earlier this year by anti-Chinese protests, driving
down tourist numbers as the violence kept people away and the
government tightened controls on who could enter the region.
($1=6.862 Yuan) (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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