Shanghai Pudong International Airport
The Shanghai Pudong International airport is the primary international airport that connects the city with 62 domestic and 73 international destinations. Located at a distance of 30 km from the downtown area and 40 km from the Shanghai Hongqiao International airport, the airport serves as a hub for China’s national carrier China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai airlines and Air China. A fast growing hub for passenger as well as Cargo, the airport recorded traffic of 40,578,621 passengers in 2010 which earned it the rank of being the third busiest airport in Mainland China and 22nd busiest in the world in terms of international traffic. As of December 2011, Pudong Airport hosted 87 airlines serving 194 destinations.
There are 2 terminals at the Shanghai Pudong International airport with 3 parallel runways on both sides. The third passenger terminal is under construction and is expected to be functional by the year 2015. The new terminal will have a satellite terminal and two additional runways. Once the new terminal is operational, the annual passenger capacity of the terminal will increase to 80 million from the present 20 million along with the ability to handle six million tonnes of freight. There are a total of 70 boarding gates and 218 parking positions.
Terminal 1 at the Shanghai Pudong airport was opened for public use on 1st October 1999 and at present has 28 gates out of which 13 are double decker. Covering an area of 2, 80,000 sq m the terminal has 204 check-in counters and 13 luggage conveying belts. The exterior of the terminal is shaped like waves and has the capacity for serving 20 million passengers annually. The 2ndterminal at the Shanghai Pudong airport was inaugurated on 26th March, 2008 and serves 60 million passengers and 4.2 million tonnes of cargo annually. This terminal is primarily used by Air China and other Star Alliance members. Numerous facilities are available for the passengers at this airport.