Shanghai airport going supersize
Construction of the world’s largest passenger terminals has begun at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, with completion set for 2019.
The two new passenger terminals, which will cover 622,000 square meters larger than the airport’s T1 terminal will boost airport capacity to 80 million passengers annually, a significant increase over this year’s 60 million, Shanghai Airport Authority officials said at the launching ceremony for the third phase of the massive extension.
The two satellite terminals, located south of the existing two terminals, will be connected to each other and link to the main terminals via a rapid transit system.
Surging passenger demand in recent years has exceeded Pudong’s design capacity of 42 million. The airfield area and terminals have been operating under overload conditions, although the airport has undergone earlier extensions and upgrades.