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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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SAS Launches Transfer Testing Solutions At Copenhagen Airport

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The Chinese government recently issued new regulations that all passengers on flights to China need to undergo nucleic acid and serum IgM antibody tests in advance. The testing equipment at Copenhagen Airport will be put into use from November 16. Transit passengers need to set aside 4 hours for testing and obtain testing reports. This time is expected to be shortened to 1 hour after 2-3 weeks. Passengers who have undergone pre-boarding double-checks on flights to China at Copenhagen Airport can board directly with the negative test report. Scandinavian Airlines will continue to provide passengers with the latest news about the Copenhagen Airport testing facilities.


More flexible rebooking and cancellation for flights connecting to China

According to the new regulations, transit passengers need to undergo nucleic acid testing and serum IgM antibody testing in countries that fly directly to China, which may require extending their stay in Copenhagen, and thus need to rebook or cancel the original flight to Copenhagen. In order to facilitate passengers to accept the test on time, SAS is allowing passengers to rebook or cancel the flight to Copenhagen for free. The resulting change fee, refund fee and possible fare difference will be all exempted, that is to say, all are free. Normally, European inland segments are not allowed to be changed or cancelled individually. Please note that SAS is not responsible for other expenses incurred due to rescheduling, such as accommodation. There is no refund for cancelled connecting flights.

Extra Check-in Baggage For Students Fly From China

Scandinavian Airlines are now launching very attractive one-way tickets from China. All students departing from China who purchase SAS flight tickets in economy class only need to show a valid student ID at the airport check-in counter to check in one extra piece of luggage. This means that students travelling in economy class (except for Go Light) can carry two pieces of checked luggage, each of which must not exceed 23 kg. The free extra baggage check will be done manually at the airport check-in counter.

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