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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

New route for International flights between Jiayu Gate, via Qiemo and Hotan, and Pakistan


At 9:49 a.m. on Jan. 16th, 2009, Emirates flight 306 en route from Dubai to Beijing entered the border between China and Pakistan. This was the first international flight since the new route between Jiayu Gate, via Qiemo and Hotan, and Pakistan opened for business only the day before.
The route, known as W112, was available only to domestic flights before. The flight spans 2,033 miles, with 1,389 miles inside Urumqi. This new route cut about 300 miles over Urumqui’s airspace, 20 minutes in travel time and 2.5 tons in fuel, which helps reduce CO2 emissions. The route will now see around 90 flights a week, up from 22 flights when it was closed to international aircraft. The route’s opening may not only help relieve the demand on Urumqi’s airspace, but may also reduce operating costs for foreign carriers. In order to ensure smooth sailing, Xinjiang’s Air Traffic Management Bureau has trained air traffic controllers on the route’s special features.

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