Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier, made its inaugural flight to Urumqi, China marking the carrier’s 101st global destination. Located in the Xinjiang district of China, Urumqi is a modern industrial city in a region with a population of over 20 million people and is considered the region’s major transportation hub making it the largest city in China's western interior.
It has been described as the gateway to the vast region of Xinjiang, which offers some of the best bazaars, hiking, outdoor sports and natural beauty in the country, as well as being the location of large oil and natural gas reserves. The city is economically developed and now serves as a regional transport node, cultural, and commercial centre
Air Arabia flies three times weekly to Urumqi from its main hub in Sharjah, UAE. Flights depart Sharjah International Airport on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 09:35, arriving at Urumqi International Airport at 18:15 that evening. Return flights leave Urumqi on the same days at 19:05 and arrive in Sharjah at 20:45.