It is reported that Hainan Airlines parent HNA Group is planning to launch Urumqi Airlines, in conjunction with the Urumqi municipal government. It is purpose is to further explore the market potentials of Xinjiang.
Hainan Airlines is the second biggest airline in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region after China Southern Airlines. It’s president Wang Yingming said the new subsidiary is expected to operate not only regional routes in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region but also open new routes to Middle Asia and Europe from Urumqi.
The new subsidiary expected to face fierce competition from China Southern Airlines which plans to built Urumqi as its key hub in West China and open more new international routes to the Middle Asia, West Asia and Europe from Urumqi.
Urumqi is the regional Capital of Xinjiagn Uyghur Autonomous Region. It has flights to most of the cities of Xinjiang. But there are only flights to or from Urumqi to other cities, hope this new Urumqi Airlines directly connects the cities of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Source: ATW (Air Transport World)