China is developing a state of the art airport in Taxkorgan, Xinjiang province that will neighbor Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan.
China Global Television Network (CGTN) stated that the airport will be the first-ever in Pamir Plateau at an elevation of 4,500 meters. It will cost 1.63 billion Yuan or $230 million.
The airport will be key to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It will boost the economic development of the entire Xinjiang region.
The Civil Aviation Administration Deputy Director of Xinjiang Zhou Xiang said that the airport will work as a new air passage to Central Asia and South Asia.
Once the airport is established it will bring more tourists to the Pamir Plateau. The place is known for its natural beauty and unique culture.
The Chinese government aims to inaugurate the Taxkorgan airport in the first half of 2022.
As per the Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Road and Bridge Group, Zhou Yifeng the project is facing different challenges but despite that it will be completed on time.
Zhou Yifeng said that the construction workers will have to face both the coronavirus and high-altitude sickness over the course of the project. But the company will comply by the government-enforced SOPs to make sure that the health and safety of the construction workers is not compromised.
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The airport will have 3,000 square meter terminal and an apron with 4 stands that includes other facilities. The runway of the airport will be 3,800-meter long and 45-meter wide.