Record number of air passengers in Tibet for 2017

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Tibet's civil aviation industry has been growing rapidly, becoming an important driver for the regional economy.

In 2017, Tibetan airports handled 41,299 flights and 35,053 tonnes of cargo, up 6.9 percent and 16.1 percent, respectively, according to the administration.

The plateau region has five airports and 79 air routes, connecting with 42 cities in China and overseas.

LHASA, Dec. 200 (Xinhua) -- Tibet Autonomous Region saw a record 4.51 million air passengers in 2017, up 11.9 percent from the previous year, the regional civil aviation administration said.