Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
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ئۈرۈمچى دىئوپا خەلقئارا ئايروپورتى
Wūlǔmùqí Dìwōpù Guójì Jīcháng
|IATA: URC – ICAO: ZWWW|
|Operator||Xinjiang Airport Group Co. Ltd.|
|Serves||Ürümqi, Xinjiang, China|
|Hub for||China Southern Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||648 m / 2,126 ft|
|Source: List of the busiest airports in China|
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; Uyghur: ئۈرۈمچى دىئوپا خەلقئارا ئايروپورتى) (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 township of Xinshi district, 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 older terminal building began in April 2007 at a cost of 2.8 billion yuan (350 million U.S. dollars). It increased 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 also added an additional 21 jet bridges and nearly 106,000 square meters of new terminal space. The terminal opened in 2009.
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).
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- Official web site
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- Accident history for URC / ZWWW at Aviation Safety Network
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