Air China, which has monopolized air travel in and out of Tibet for nearly 40 years, will put three Airbus A330s into use on the route between Chengdu and Lhasa and increase the flights from 8 to 10 times a day.
The Tourism Bureau of Tibet predicts that the operation of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway will increase the number of tourists to Tibet by 400,000 a year.
Chen Xin, vice-manager of Air China's planning department, said the railway will have little influence on airline passenger numbers.
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