China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd. will start service on the international route between Urumqi, capital of the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, and Tbilisi, the capital and largest city of Georgia, on June 9.
The route to be operated by the air carrier, one of China's Top Three, will become the first non-stop route connecting China with the country in Asia Minor. At that time, Urumqi will enjoy a larger route network around the globe.
Urumqi, because of its unique location, is gradually becoming an air hub in Central and West Asia and playing a more important role in formation of the Silk Road in the air.
At the end of April, the upgraded T2 terminal of the Urumqi Diwopu International Airport formally came into operation. It is just part of the airport's great efforts to improve its infrastructure. In March 2010, the T3 terminal, with an investment of nearly CNY 2.5 billion, started operation at the airport.