Bangda Airport BPX
RWY Length is incredible 3.4miles/5500meters (should be a little more than 18000 ft, right?) making it most probably the airport with the longest rwy in the world.
CSWA - China Southwest Airlines should have regular flights into BPX from Chengdu with B757, Air China Southwest got especially equipped A319's capable to operate at runways at 4,419meters elevation - which is slightly above the BPX elevation for operations into Bangda. Most likely the majority of flights is seasonal for tourism. Bangda is also extensively used by Chinese Military flights.
I dont think that planes like 777/744 or A340 could operate there unless they are especially prepared. The A319 certified for this operation has high-thrust CFM56-5B engines (27,000 lb. Sea Level Static Thrust) in order to carry a full load into BPX. Testflights where also made with an A319 with CFM and IAE V2500 engines.
I will upload a few pictures later on today on my private webspace showing the airport with a 757 in this stunning environment - I have seen people asking for pictures from Bangda here earlier. Will be around 6pm GMT.
here is a document from airbus reg A319 and Bangda Airport recently published:
[Edited 2004-10-13 08:25:35]