Urumqi Diwopu International Airport

Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport (IATA: URC, ICAO: ZWWW) is an airport serving Ürümqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwestern China. It 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 23,027,788 passengers in 2018, making it the 19th busiest airport in China by passenger traffic.


Ürümqi Airport was opened to foreign passengers in 1973,[citation needed] and has been used for emergency landings for flights between Europe and west Asia. On September 12, 2007, British citizen Akmal Shaikh was arrested for drug-trafficking, after customs officers discovered 4 kilograms (9 Ib) of heroin in his baggage. He was sentenced to death and executed on December 29, 2009.


The airport covers an area of 484 hectares (1,200 acres). Its newly built runway is 3,600 m (11,800 ft) in length. The airport can allow the landing of large aircraft such as the Boeing 747. The 110,000 m2 (1,200,000 sq ft) apron can accommodate over 30 aircraft.[citation needed]


  • The first runway (07/25): in 1994 to accept the expansion, the flight zone level 4E, runway length 3600 meters, 45 meters wide, PCN value of 74, elevation 648 meters, with Class II precision approach.
  • The second runway (???): under construction, located to the north of current runway, flight zone level 4F, runway length 3600 meters, 60 meters wide.
  • The third runway (???): under construction, located to the north of current runway, flight zone level 4F, runway 3200 meters long, 60 meters wide.


Terminal 1

The original terminal opened in 1974. It was closed between April 23, 2011 and August 30, 2013 for renovation.[4] On April 1, 2014, operations were resumed.[5] After the transformation of the T1 terminal has six security channels, 19 check-in counters, with the peak hourly 700 times the business capacity.[clarification needed][6] This terminal is mainly for the regional aviation around Xinjiang province and low-cost aviation use, including Tianjin Airlines, Capital Aviation, Spring Airlines, Yunnan Xiangpeng Airlines, China United Airlines, Okay Airways and Western Airlines.

Terminal 2

Construction on this terminal started in April 1994, was completed in December 2001 through the national acceptance, and on May 12, 2002 the terminal opened. On July 10, 2010 it closed for a renovation project, and resumed operations on April 16, 2011.[8] It serves most domestic routes outside of Xinjiang province, except for China Southern, Xiamen and Chongqing airline flights.

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. It can also handle 275,000 tons of cargo and 155,000 aircraft a year. Terminal 3 added 22 more jet bridges and nearly 106,000 square meters of new terminal space.[9] The terminal opened in 2009.

Terminal 4

An expansion project, which began in 2017, is underway and will see a new terminal building covering almost 400,000 sq meters as well as two additional runways north of the existing one.[10]

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
9 Air Guangzhou
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Astana Almaty, Nur-Sultan
Air China Aksu, Beijing–Capital, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hotan, Kashgar, Tianjin, Wuhan, Yining, Yuncheng 
Hajj: Jeddah
Ariana Afghan Airlines Seasonal: Kabul
Beijing Capital Airlines Beijing–Capital, Xiamen, Zhengzhou
China Eastern Airlines Guangzhou, Hami, Hangzhou, Hefei, Kashgar, Kunming, Lanzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shiyan,[11] Taiyuan, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xi’an
China Southern Airlines Aksu, Almaty, Altay, Ashgabat, Baku, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi,[12] Baotou, Beijing–Capital, Bishkek, Bole, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Dubai–International, Dushanbe, Fuyun, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Hohhot, Hotan, Islamabad, Jinan, Karamay, Kashgar, Khujand, Korla, Kunming, Kuqa, Lahore,[13] Lanzhou, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Nanjing, Nanning, Nanyang, Novosibirsk, Nur-Sultan, Qingdao, Ruoqiang, Sanya, Shache, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Tacheng, Taipei–Taoyuan, Taiyuan, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Tianjin, Vienna,[14] Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xi’an, Xiamen, Xining, Xuzhou, Yinchuan, Yining, Zhengzhou
Hainan Airlines Beijing–Capital, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Jinan, Kashgar, Lanzhou, Nanjing, Sanya, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xi’an, Xiamen, Xining, Yichang, Zhengzhou
Hebei Airlines Shijiazhuang
Jiangxi Air Nanchang, Xi’an
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong
Korean Air Seasonal: Seoul–Incheon[15]
Lion Air Charter: Denpasar/Bali
Loong Air Hangzhou, Luoyang
Lucky Air Chengdu, Kashgar, Kunming, Lanzhou, Ngari
Okay Airways Changsha, Xi’an
Qingdao Airlines Lanzhou, Qingdao
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo,[16] Novosibirsk
Shandong Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Hotan, Jinan, Kashgar, Kunming, Lanzhou, Nanjing, Nanning, Osaka–Kansai,[17] Qingdao, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Xiamen, Yantai, Yinchuan, Zhuhai
Shanghai Airlines Hotan, Lanzhou, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong
Shenzhen Airlines Korla, Lanzhou, Nanchang, Shenzhen
Sichuan Airlines Beihai, Beijing–Capital, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Kashgar, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Sanya, Sydney,[18] Xi’an, Xining, Zhengzhou, Zhongwei[19]
Somon Air Dushanbe[20]
Spring Airlines Luoyang, Ningbo, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shijiazhuang, Xi’an, Yangzhou
Suparna Airlines Jinan, Yining
Tianjin Airlines Aksu, Altay, Bole, Changchun, Chongqing, Datong, Haikou, Hotan, Kashgar, Korla, Kuqa, Nalati, Sanya, Shache, Tacheng, Tianjin, Xi’an, Yining, Zhengzhou
Urumqi Air Changsha, Chengdu, Haikou, Hefei, Hotan, Irkutsk,[21] Karamay, Kashgar, Lanzhou, Lianyungang, Mianyang, Nanchong, Qingdao,[22] Qionghai, Shihezi, Singapore,[23] Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xi’an, Yancheng, Yining, Zhengzhou[22]
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent[24]
West Air Chongqing, Zhengzhou
XiamenAir Changsha, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Huai’an, Jinan, Quanzhou, Xiamen, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou

Cargo[edit source]

Airlines Destinations
Silk Way Airlines Baku
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
ASL Airlines Belgium Liège
Uzbekistan Airways Ostrava

Other facilities

When the airline existed, China Xinjiang Airlines had its headquarters on the airport property.[25]

Ground Transport

Line 1 of Ürümqi Metro opened on 25 October 2018 and links the airport to downtown Ürümqi.