Diqing Shangri-La Airport

Brief Introduction

Diqing Shangri-La Airport (IATA code: DIG, ICAO code: ZPDQ) is an civilian airport serving Shangri-La City, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China. It was finished construction at 1999 and was put into service. The airport covers an area of 2543 acres. The grade of the flight zone is 4D and the runway is 3600 meters long, Tarmac covers an area of 23,400 square meters. There are 4 aircraft stands. And the terminal area is of 3,073 square meters. There are flights connecting Kunming, Chongqing, Lhasa, Guangzhou, Xishuangbanna, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guiyang, etc. It was once rewarded the title of “civilized unit” in Yunnan province.


Shangri-La Airport covers an area of 225 hectares at the plateau region with beautiful natural scenery. The altitude is 3280.83 meters. Located in the southwest suburb of Shangri-La County, Diqing Shangri-La Airport is 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles) from the county. It is connected with the city by 214 National Highway and Shangri-La Kangba Main Road.


Diqing airport was built in 1997 and opened to the public on April 30, 1999.

On June 25, 2007, the foundation-laying ceremony was held for the expansion project of Diqing Shangri-la Airport. The expansion will end the history of Shangri-la airport being unable to take off and land passenger aircraft all day long.

At present, the third expansion project is under preparation.

Facilities and Services

The airport is equipped with Two inquiry desks, Nursing Room, ATM, Medical Care, Free WIFI, etc. The inquiry desks are located on the first and second floors of T2 and the hotline is +86 0887-8229916 or +86 0887-8231553. The Nursing Room is located at the east side of second floor in T2 and ATM of Agricultural Bank of China at T2. Medical Care is located at the west side of the first floor in T2 and the hotline is +86 0887-8231323 or +86 0887-8234567. The hotline of Lost and Found is +86 0887-8229916 or +86 0887-8231322.

No shuttle bus is provided at this airport.

Direct Flights and Airlines

There are 42 flights on 10 different routes from Shangri-La Diqing Airport, connecting DIG to 10 different cities in 1 different countries. The most popular routes connect Shangri-La to Kunming, Lhasa, Chengdu, Chongqing and Xi’an. There are flights from Kunming to Shangri-la everyday and takes only 55 mins.Boarding procedures should be completed 90 minutes prior to flight departure time. Check-in counters are closed 30 minutes before flight departure. The specific requirements should follow the passenger guides shown on air tickets.

Airlines include China Eastern Yunnan Airlines (MU), Sichuan Airlines (3U), Lucky Air (8L), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Chongqing Airlines (OQ).

Airport Transportation

Due to no shuttle buses serving in the Diqing airport, tourists needs to take a taxi to travel between the airport and Shangrila. Usually, it costs about CNY 30 per person for 20-minutes ride from the airport to Shangri-La City. You can also take the taxi to Shangrila Bus Station to take the coach to where you want to. Renting a car to travel around is a better choice and Yunnan Exploration Travel can provide car-rental service, please contact us. Email: contact@YunnanExploration.com; Tel: +86-871-63511469.

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