Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport

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Ürümqi Diwopu
International Airport

ئۈرۈمچى دىئوپا خەلقئارا ئايروپورتى

Wūlǔmùqí Dìwōpù Guójì Jīcháng
Urumqi airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Xinjiang Airport Group Co. Ltd.
Serves Ürümqi, Xinjiang, China
Location Diwopu
Hub for
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 (2014)
Passengers 16,311,140

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: URCICAO: 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 16,311,140 passengers in 2014, making it the 15th busiest airport in China by passenger traffic.[citation needed]

Ürümqi Airport in 1999, showing a lineup of Xinjiang Airlines Boeing 757s.


Ürümqi Airport was opened to foreign passengers in 1973,[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Terminal 3[edit]

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.[3] The terminal opened in 2009.


In 2002, 1,673,400 passengers and 35,000 tons of goods passed through Ürümqi Airport.[citation needed]

In summer 2005 Diwopu got 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
9 Air Guangzhou
Air Arabia Sharjah[4]
Air Astana Almaty, Astana
Air Bishkek Bishkek
Air China Aksu, Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Hotan, Kashgar, Mianyang, Tianjin, Xi'an, Yining, Yuncheng
Air Kyrgyzstan Osh[5]
Ariana Afghan Airlines Kabul[6]
Beijing Capital Airlines Beijing-Capital, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hohhot, Kashgar, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou
China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan[7]
China Eastern Airlines Hangzhou, Hefei, Jiayuguan, Kashgar, Kunming, Nanjing, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Wuhan, Xi'an, Yinchuan
China Southern Airlines Aksu, Altay, Baotou, Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Dunhuang, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Hami, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot, Hotan, Jinan, Karamay, Kashgar, Korla, Kunming, Kuqa, Lanzhou, Nanjing, Nanning, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xining, Xuzhou, Yinchuan, Yining, Zhengzhou
Seasonal: Kanas, Nalati
China Southern Airlines Almaty, Ashgabat, Astana, Baku, Bishkek, Dubai-International, Dushanbe, Islamabad, Istanbul-Atatürk, Khujand, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Novosibirsk, Osh, St Petersburg,[8] Taipei-Taoyuan, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Seasonal: Seoul-Incheon
Charter: Medina
China United Airlines Beijing-Nanyuan
Hainan Airlines Aksu, Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Hohhot, Jinan, Kashgar, Lanzhou, Sanya, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Zhengzhou
Korean Air Charter: Seoul-Incheon
Kyrgyzstan Air Company Bishkek, Osh
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai-Hongqiao
Lucky Air Kunming, Lanzhou
Okay Airways Changsha, Xi'an
S7 Airlines Novosibirsk
Shandong Airlines Jinan, Kashgar, Lanzhou, Qingdao, Taiyuan, Yinchuan
Shandong Airlines Osaka-Kansai[9]
Shanghai Airlines Hotan, Shanghai-Hongqiao
Shenzhen Airlines Shenzhen, Zhengzhou
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Kashgar, Kunming, Sanya, Xi'an, Yining, Zhengzhou, Zhongwei[10]
Somon Air Dushanbe [11]
Spring Airlines Shanghai-Hongqiao, Xi'an
Tajik Air Dushanbe
Tianjin Airlines Aksu, Altay, Bole, Dunhuang, Hotan, Kanas, Kashgar, Korla, Kuqa, Ordos, Sanya, Tacheng, Tianjin, Xi'an, Yining, Zhengzhou
Seasonal: Nalati
Urumqi Air Chengdu, Hotan, Kashgar, Xi'an, Yining, Zhengzhou
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent[12]
West Air Chongqing, Lanzhou, Zhengzhou
Xiamen Airlines Changsha, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Jinan, Nanchang, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Zhengzhou


Airlines Destinations
Silk Way Airlines Baku[13]
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat

Other facilities[edit]

When the airline existed, China Xinjiang Airlines had its headquarters on the airport property.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for ZWWW from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for URC at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ english@peopledaily.com.cn. "People's Daily Online – Urumqi airport expansion to triple passenger capacity". english.peopledaily.com.cn. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Air Arabia enters China - Air Arabia". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Air Kyrgyzstan открывает рейс Ош – Урумчи – Ош". Авиакомпания Кыргызстан. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "ARIANA Afghan Airlines Adds Urumqi Operation from late-March 2015". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Asian airlines to open new routes to China in June – ANN". asianewsnet.net. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  8. ^ L, J (4 June 2015). "China Southern Adds St. Petersburg Route from July 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Shandong Airlines Adds New Osaka Service from July 2015". Airlineroute.net. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  10. ^ http://news.carnoc.com/list/313/313445.html
  11. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Uzbekistan Airways launches second weekly operation on the route Tashkent – Urumqi". uzairways.com. Uzairways. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Silk schedule
  14. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 1–7 April 1998. 57. "Diwopu International Airport, Urumqi, 830016, Xinjiang, China."

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