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Ningbo-Xinjiang Kuqa route opened

The picture shows the maiden flight of Ningbo-Xi'an-Kuqa landing at Qiuci Airport. (Photo by Luo Shuangshuang)

At 3:50 p.m. on July 11, after a 6-and-a-half hour long-distance flight, the MU9049 flight from Ningbo, on the coast of East China Sea, successfully arrived at Qiuci Airport in Xinjiang Kuqa at the foot of the Tianshan Mountains, completing the first flight of Ningbo-Xi'an-Kuqa route.

According to reports, Ningbo-Xi'an-Kuqa route uses Airbus A320, flying every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Among them, the outbound MU9049 flight departs from Ningbo at 7:35, arrives at Xi'an at 10:15, departs from Xi'an at 11:45, arrives at Kuqa at 16:00; the return flight MU9050, departs from Kuqa at 17:10, arrives at Xi'an at 8:40, takes off from Xi'an at 22:10, and arrives at Ningbo at 0:45 the next morning.

At present, tickets for this route have been sold online, with a one-way fare discount of 3.5% at the beginning of flight, with an economy class of 1,250 yuan and a business class of 2,550 yuan.

Kuqa is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Aksu Prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, located in the southern foothills of Tianshan Mountains and the northern edge of the Tarim Basin. In 2010, the central government launched a new round of aid to Xinjiang, and Ningbo and Kuqa have since become "connected by mountains and seas". Relevant sources said that the opening of the Ningbo-Kuqa route will add to the chapter of Ningbo's aid to Xinjiang

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