Shang­hai air­port go­ing su­per­size

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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