Today, approximately 16 million passengers fly from Urumqi International Airport, which was opened to flights in the 1930s in Urumqi, the capital city of self-governing territory Xinjiang Uyghur in China. Gaining the right to obtain the permission for international flights in 1973, Urumqi International Airport is also used as the emergency landing center for the flights that are executed between Asia and Europe. Urumqi International Airport increased its number of terminals to three with the new terminal building, whose construction was completed in 2009, and now it is planning to serve more passengers.
The most important settlement of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which we can name as the western region of China, come to the forefront as Urumqi. The city, which was once the most important trade route of history and the last point of the Silk Road, is still the main point of the railway transportation for the China and the most strategic point to reach the west.
Located near the mystical Tian Shan Mountain (Mountain of Heaven), the city is considered the first homeland of the Turks. The traffic is very busy in Urumqi, like in China, which is the third largest country in the world in terms of surface area and the first in terms of the population. Because the standards of living are low, bus is the commonly used option for passenger transportation.
There are three bus terminals in the city. Taxis also operate to disburden the heavy traffic in the city. There is railway connection from Urumqi to the six major cities of China. Urumqi Diwopu Airport provides transportation opportunity to passengers who want to come to Urumqi from abroad and from other cities of the country. Urumqi Diwopu Airport is located 24 kilometers northwest of the city center. Buses, taxis and shuttle services are available all day long to carry passengers to the city from the airport.
There are important rules that you have to pay attention to according to the Chinese laws when you get on a taxi. For example, if you do not close the door when you get in the car, the taxi driver has the right to drop you from the car. You shouldn’t smoke or chat with the driver, should pay the fare completely and get a receipt when you get off. Because if you lose something in the car, you cannot submit a bill of complaint without a receipt. However, the taxi stops located at terminals 2 and 3 offer service for 24 hours.
At Urumqi Diwopu Airport, bus stops are located just under the bridge between the terminal buildings 2 and 3. Bus routes 27 and 51 go to the two different terminals located in Urumqi. The buses operate every 4-5 minutes from 07:30 am to 11:30 pm, and after 10:00 pm, you need to pay a higher amount.
These vehicles, which offer service privately apart from the local buses, depart from the terminals 2 and 3 from 07:30 am to 11:00 pm. The travel last shorter because of fewer stops and a shorter route. You can reach the city center in about 25 minutes with these buses operating every half an hour from 07:30 am to 09:00 am and every hour from 08:00 am to 11:00 pm.Last Updated: 09 Aug 2017
You can get to the airport by using the buses operating from the early hours in the morning till the late hours in the evening. Taxis and shuttle buses stand out as the fastest transportation options. You can easily find a taxi in the city center or use the shuttle buses that have stops at certain points of the city.
Taxis which apply different day and night tariffs take you to go to the airport in about 20 minutes. If you need to go to the airport at late hours, you should reserve a taxi in advance because there is no other transportation at night.
Buses carry passengers to the airport by departing from the two terminals located in Urumqi. You can use the bus routes 21 and 57 for the travel lasting approximately 45 minutes. The buses operate between 7:30 am and 11:30 pm.
If you choose to use the shuttle buses which operate less frequently than the buses but on the other hand offer a faster transportation to the airport, you can get on the buses from China Southern Hotel located in Hong Shan from 07:30 am to 11:30 pm.
At Urumqi Diwopu Airport, which has three terminal buildings, the services offered to passengers are generally found in terminal buildings 2 and 3. In these two-layered terminal buildings, there is a first aid room and a health center in order to respond to emergencies.
At the airport, which has also wheelchair service for providing convenience to the disabled, there are many services such as dressing rooms, large waiting halls, lost-and-found offices, check rooms and an area where you can send faxes or take printouts.
In addition to these services, passengers can taste the delicious foods in Tian Yuan Restaurant and Street Restaurant located in terminals 2 and 3. These restaurants offer delicacies from the rich world cuisine. The airport, which also hosts a hotel having 178 rooms and a restaurant, is built on a very large area.Last Updated: 09 Aug 2017
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