Ürümqi Diwopu Intl

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: URC, ICAO: 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.

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Ürümqi (Chinese: 乌鲁木齐; pinyin: Wūlǔmùqí, Uyghur: ئۈرۈمچى‎; from Oirat "beautiful pasture") is the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China in Northwest China. Ürümqi was a major hub on the Silk Road during China's Tang dynasty, and developed its reputation as a leading cultural and commercial center during the Qing dynasty. With a built-up (or metro) population of 2,988,715 as of 2010 census (6 urban and suburban districts but Dabancheng not yet urbanized) and 3.03 million in 7 urban and suburban districts, Ürümqi is the largest city in China's western interior. Since the 1990s Ürümqi has developed economically and serves as a regional transport node, cultural, and commercial center.

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