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Urumqi Diwopu International Airport

Wikipedia 2014-08-15 17:52

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Urumqi is served by the Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport. It is a hub for China Southern Airlines.

Urumqi Diwopu International Airport is an airport serving Urumqi, 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 Urumqi. 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.

History 

Urumqi Airport was opened to foreign passengers in 1973,and has been the emergency landing ground for airlines to Europe and west Asia.

Facilities 

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 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.

Usage 

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).

[Editor:Yi Yanjun]