Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport

Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
Wūlǔmùqí Dìwōpù Guójì Jīcháng
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 43°54′26″N 87°28′27″E / 43.90722°N 87.47417°E / 43.90722; 87.47417Coordinates: 43°54′26″N 87°28′27″E / 43.90722°N 87.47417°E / 43.90722; 87.47417
Website www.xjairport.com
URC is located in Xinjiang
Location of airport in Xinjiang
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: URCICAO: 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.

Terminal 3

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.[1]


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[2]

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 [3]

See also


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