|the newly-opened Ruoqiang Loulan Airport|
Currently, only one air route operates out of the new airport. The new route, also launched Thursday, links Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, Korla city and Ruoqiang county and is operated by China Southern Airlines.
The flights are scheduled for every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
The new airport is expected to annually handle 120,000 travelers and 480 tonnes of cargo by 2020.
The airport has improved the infrastructure of the county and will lay the foundation to build Ruoqiang into a regional transportation hub and trade and logistics center in the future, said Yue Enhong, an official with the airport.
Construction on the airport began in November 2015. The airport was opened on 29 March 2018, and became the 20th airport in Xinjiang. The airport has a runway that is 2,800 metres (9,200 ft) and 45 metres (148 ft) (class 4C), and a 6,400-square-metre (69,000 sq ft) terminal building.