A direct flight route between Taipei and the mainland city of Urumqi, capital of northwest China\'s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, was launched by Taiwan-based China Airlines on Tuesday. It is the longest route between both sides of the strait, according to China Airlines. The six-hour flight will be available three times a week on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The flight will cut the Taipei-Urumqi journey time by fours hours. Urumqi International Airport is China\'s westmost international airport with 147 routes.