So the other day I was on FR24 looking for some interesting airports and I found one in China named Nyingchi. (ZUNZ) This airport is 9560ft above sea level, there was no runway distance shown on FR24 but I measured it in google earth and I think it’s around 10,000ft in length.
The airport looked quite promising so I decided to do a flight here.
I took off from Xichang (ZUXC) which also is a beautiful airport! Sichuan Airlines offer scheduled flights from here to Nyingchi in their a319. I used the generic livery since we don’t have the Sichuan Airlines livery.
Making an immediate left turn after our departure from ZUXC. Our flight time is expected to be just over an hour.
The entire flight was just cruising over the Himalayan mountains, it was truly breathtaking.
The approach into Nyingchi is extremely difficult. You have to navigate your way carefully through the mountains. Yes I almost crashed into them during my approach! There are no STARS for this airport either or even any fixes or waypoints around this airport which made it more difficult.
We’ve finally made it through the tight gaps in the mountains and we have ZUNZ ahead of us and it’s 10000ft runway which isn’t a lot when you consider this airport is 9560ft above sea level.
We safely landed our a319 into this truly remarkable airport in 1 hour and 11 minutes. I’ve done the approach into Paro several times over my years of playing IF but I have to say this approach was even more difficult than Paro’s because there was no STAR or any waypoints to make an approach into this airport. It’s just you and the plane when it comes to landing here. If you a person that likes exotic airports or challenging approaches I highly recommend you try this airport!