By Paul Chung
Image credits: @A Sutanto.
Fourteen years after its grand opening, Shanghai Pudong Terminal 1 is already in the queue for a fresh makeover. The airport project is among fourteen new major engineering projects breaking ground in the municipality this year.
Early estimates indicate that the terminal renovations will cost approximately 1.2 billion yuan. The project includes expanded facilities, new waiting lounges, improved luggage systems, and simpler connections for transiting passengers.
Terminal 1, which first opened in 1999, is home to Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines. One major aspect of the T1 project is aimed at increasing passenger capacity. The project will nearly double the terminal’s annual passenger capacity from 20 million to 37 million passengers.
Other new and ongoing infrastructure projects this year include the extension of Shanghai Metro lines 9 and 13, stronger rail connections at Hongqiao Airport, and construction of Shanghai Disneyland, the Shanghai Tower, and Shanghai University of Science of Technology. Look upon my works ye austerity-wracked western nations and despair.