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New terminal opens at Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport


3/17/2010

Published on Mar 17, 2010

Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport has opened a new terminal, as the city prepares for the influx of visitors predicted for the 2010 World Expo. The new Terminal 2 forms part of a CNY15.3 billion (US$2.2 billion) expansion that also includes a second runway and a connection to the Hongqiao Transport Hub, with access to the city’s Metro system and the high-speed rail network.

At 250,000m2, the new four-level terminal is four times the size of the original Terminal 1 and features 80 check-in counters and 47 security check passages. Passengers will need to walk for up to 18 minutes to reach the furthest boarding gates. There are 45 boarding gates in total, three times as many as contained in the original terminal, while new dining and shopping areas feature brand-name shops and F&B outlets.

The flights of 11 domestic airlines have been moved to the new terminal, with 90% of all airlines moving to T2. The airport operator, Shanghai Airport Authority, was reported saying that the switch to Terminal 2 went smoothly yesterday, although the Shanghai Daily did report large numbers of passengers mistakenly arriving at Terminal 1. Shuttle buses were arranged to transport passengers between the two buildings.

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