- Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
Wūlǔmùqí Dìwōpù Guójì Jīcháng
IATA: URC – ICAO: ZWWW Summary Airport type Public Operator Xinjiang Airport Group Co. Ltd. Serves Ürümqi, Xinjiang, China Location Diwopu Hub for China Southern Airlines Elevation AMSL 648 m / 2,126 ft Coordinates Coordinates: Website Map Runways Direction Length Surface m ft 07/25 3,600 11,811 Concrete Statistics (2010) Passengers 9,148,329 Source: China's busiest airports by passenger traffic
Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport (simplified Chinese: 乌鲁木齐地窝堡国际机场; traditional Chinese: 烏魯木齊地窩堡國際機場) (IATA: URC, ICAO: ZWWW) is an airport serving Ürümqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwestern China. The airport is located in Diwopu, 16 km (10 mi) northwest of downtown Ürümqi. A hub for China Southern Airlines and as a focus city for Hainan Airlines, the airport handled 9,148,329 passengers in 2010, making it the 18th busiest airport in China by passenger traffic.
Ürümqi Airport was opened to foreign passengers in 1973, and has been the emergency landing ground for airlines to Europe and west Asia.
The airport covers an area of 4.84 million sq. metres. Its newly built runway is 3600 m (11,811 ft) in length. The airport can allow the landing of large aircraft such as the Boeing 747. The 110,000 sq. metre apron can accommodate over 30 aircraft.
Construction of Terminal 3 to the west of the current terminal building began in April, 2007 at a cost of 2.8 billion yuan (350 million U.S. dollars). It will increase Diwopu's ability to handle more than three times its current (2007) 5.13 million passengers annually to 16.35 million passengers and also be able to handle 275,000 tons of cargo and 155,000 aircraft a year. Terminal 3 will also add an additional 21 jet bridges and nearly 106,000 square meters of new terminal space.
In 2002, 1,673,400 passengers and 35,000 tons of goods passed through Ürümqi Airport.
Summer 2005 saw Diwopu get a boost when the airport started receiving major foreign airlines; of them Korean Air was the first to start service from Seoul seasonally in June; two months later, Pakistan International Airlines began operations from Islamabad flying year round. PIA's online operation was subsequently changed to a codeshare operated by China Southern equipment (flights PK 1888/PK 1889).
Airlines and destinations
Airlines Destinations Aero Mongolia Khovd, Ulan Bator Air Astana Almaty, Astana Air China Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Hotan, Kashgar, Shanghai-Pudong, Xi'an, Yinchuan Ariana Afghan Airlines Kabul Azerbaijan Airlines Baku Beijing Capital Airlines Dunhuang, Karaganda, Kashgar, Xi’An China Eastern Airlines Aksu, Hangzhou, Hefei, Hotan, Kashgar, Kunming, Nanjing, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Xi'an, Yinchuan, Yining China Southern Airlines Aksu, Almaty, Altay, Ashgabat, Baku, Beijing-Capital, Bishkek, Bole, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Dunhuang, Dushanbe, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Hami, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot, Hotan, Islamabad, Istanbul-Ataturk [begins 22 November], Jinan, Kashgar, Khujand, Korla, Kuqa, Lanzhou, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Nanjing, Nanning, Novosibirsk, Osh, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xi'an, Xining, Yinchuan, Yining, Zhengzhou
Seasonal: Kanas, Nalati
China United Airlines Beijing-Nanyuan Hainan Airlines Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Istanbul-Atatürk [ends 1 December], Jinan, Kashgar, Lanzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xining, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou Itek Air Bishkek Kam Air Seasonal: Kabul Korean Air Charter: Seoul-Incheon Kyrgyzstan Aircompany Bishkek Juneyao Airlines Shanghai-Hongqiao Lucky Air Kunming, Lanzhou Okay Airways Changsha, Xi'an RusLine Yekaterinburg S7 Airlines Novosibirsk SAPSAN Ust-Kamenogorsk Scat Air Shymkent Shandong Airlines Jinan, Lanzhou, Qingdao, Xi'an, Yinchuan Shanghai Airlines Shanghai-Hongqiao Shenzhen Airlines Nanjing, Shenzhen, Taiyuan Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Hangzhou, Zhengzhou Somon Air Dushanbe Spring Airlines Shanghai-Hongqiao Tajik Air Dushanbe Tianjin Airlines Aksu, Altay, Dunhuang, Hotan, Korla, Kuqa, Tacheng, Xi'an, Yining Xiamen Airlines Wuhan, Xiamen
Airlines Destinations Silk Way Airlines Baku 
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