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Urumqi Airlines To Add 3 New Destinations From China To Nagoya, Japan

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Urumqi Air's First COMAC ARJ-21-700

From December 30, Urumqi Airlines plans to open two new international routes from Urumqi to Nagoya, Japan. With the opening of Urumqi(URC) – Wuhan(WUH) – Nagoya(NGO) from the 30th of December, with flights scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; Urumqi(URC) – Jinan(JNA) – Nagoya(NGO) route will be opened on December 31 for every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The route is the second and third international scheduled routes opened by Urumqi Airlines. The opening of this international route indicates that Urumqi Airlines will further accelerate the pace of international route network build-up, and is these route layout is significant for Urumqi Airlines to create a “connected Eurasian” network.

Urumqi Air Deploys Majorly The All Economy Configuration 186 Pax B737-800
Urumqi Air Deploys Majorly The All Economy Configuration 186 Pax B737-800

In the past, citizens of Urumqi and surrounding areas traveling to and from central Japan required transit in cities such as Xi’an and Beijing, which took a lot of time. After the opening of the route, Xinjiang passengers only need 9 hours to reach central Japan, which greatly reduces the travel time and travel costs of passengers. In addition, the route connects the two secondary aviation hubs of Wuhan and Jinan in China, enriching the routes and time options for passengers from the two places and surrounding provinces and cities to Japan. At the same time, the opening of the route provides a more convenient air channel for economic and trade exchanges and cultural exchanges between these cities.


The flights from Urumqi (URC) to Nagoya (NGO) via Wuhan (WUH) will operate with the following schedule starting on December 30, 2019:

  • UQ2657 / URC – WUH / 7:05AM – 11:25AM (Mon, Wed & Fri)
  • UQ2657 / WUH – NGO / 1:05PM – 5:15PM (Mon, Wed & Fri)
  • UQ2658 / NGO – WUH / 6:45PM – 10:05PM (Mon, Wed & Fri)
  • UQ2658 / WUH – URC / 11:55PM – 4:20AM (Fri, slightly different on Mon & Wed)

The flights operating via Jinan (TNA) will operate from December 31, 2019, with the following schedule:

  • UQ2659 / URC – TNA / 7:30AM – 12:00PM (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
  • UQ2659 / TNA – NGO / 1:30PM – 5:15PM (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
  • UQ2660 / NGO – TNA / 6:45PM – 9:15PM (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
  • UQ2660 / TNA – URC / 11:50PM – 4:30AM+1 (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)

None of the flights between Urumqi and Nagoya will be non-stop and it would still be difficult to foster them in the future, as there are currently 10 other Chinese carriers serving flights to Nagoya from 23 cities in mainland China. As for the two routes Urumqi Air is serving from Wuhan and Jinan, both airports are already served by other Chinese carriers who are competing on the same route, with Shandong Airlines serving Jinan and Nagoya 3 times weekly and China Southern serving Wuhan – Nagoya with twice weekly as well.

Urumqi Air B-1569 At BoAo Airport, China
Urumqi Air B-1569 At BoAo Airport, China

From 1st April earlier this year, Urumqi Airlines implemented service differentiation and customisation on its entire flight network which divided baggage allowance and meal policies into four different classes, with baggage allowance ranging from 10kg to 30kg and after the new implementation, meal service for flights within three hours will be cancelled, with more snack options being added for purchase.

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Emirates To Resume Flights To Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Harare and Mauritius, Boosting Global Network To 92 Destinations

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Emirates has announced on 24 September 2020 that it will resume flights to Johannesburg (1 October), Cape Town (1 October), Durban (4 October) in South Africa; Harare in Zimbabwe (1 October); and Mauritius (3 October). The addition of the five points will expand the Emirates’ global network to 92 destinations, as the airline gradually resumes its operations while prioritising the safety of its customers, crew and the communities it serves around the world. 

Emirates’ African network will also now extend to 19 cities.

Customers flying in and out of Emirates’ three South African gateways can safely connect to Dubai and to an array of onwards connections to Europe, the Far East, Middle East, West Asia and Australasia.


  • Johannesburg (1 October) in South Africa;
  • Cape Town (1 October) in South Africa;
  • Durban (4 October) in South Africa;
  • Harare in Zimbabwe (1 October); 
  • Mauritius (3 October).

Emirates will operate to Harare with two weekly flights linked to its Lusaka service. The linked services will connect Zambia and Zimbabwe to key destinations across Europe, the Far East, the Americas, Australasia and West Asia with one convenient stop in Dubai.

Flights from Dubai to Mauritius will initially operate once a week on Saturdays, supporting the Mauritian government’s repatriation efforts to bring its citizens home, and enabling the recovery of the country’s tourism industry by safely connecting leisure travellers from Europe, the Far East and the Middle East to the popular Indian Ocean island destination. 

Customers can stop over or travel to Dubai as the city has re-opened for international business and leisure visitors. Ensuring the safety of travellers, visitors, and the community, COVID-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers arriving to Dubai (and the UAE), including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from.

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