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Urumchi Diwopu International Airport (IATA: URC) is located in the northwestern Diwopu suburb of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It is 16.8 kilometers away from Urumqi urban area, and ranks as the two largest in China with Kunming Changshui International Airport. The National Gateway Hub Airport is a national civil first-class airport. It is the China International Aviation Hub Airport and China’s eight regional hub airports.
Urumqi Diwopu International Airport was originally a Sino-Soviet civil aviation airport. In July 1970, it was approved by the State Council for expansion. It was completed and opened to the outside world in 1973. In August 1998, the first phase of the airport’s reconstruction and expansion project, with the flight and maintenance areas as the soil, passed the acceptance and was put into use. On September 29, 2009, the third-phase reconstruction and expansion project of the airport passed the acceptance. On December 26, the T3 terminal opened. On March 27, 2010, the airport’s T3 terminal was opened.
As of August 2013, Urumqi Diwopu International Airport Flight Zone Class 4E, the airport elevation is 647.67 meters, two 3600 meters runways, there are three terminals T1, T2, T3, a total area of 185,000 square meters, freight warehouse 6 It has a capacity of 10,000 square meters, 93 parking spaces and 34 bridges. It can meet the annual passenger throughput of 17.3 million passengers, the annual cargo and mail throughput of 275,000 tons, and the annual capacity of 155,000 sorties.
In 2011, passenger throughput exceeded 10 million for the first time, reaching 11.08 million. On December 28, 2016, the annual passenger throughput of Urumqi Diwopu International Airport officially exceeded 20 million passengers. In 2016, the passenger throughput was 20.201 million passengers, the cargo and mail throughput was 1.575 million tons, and the number of flights was 162,000.