A project aimed to boost the passenger capacity at Pudong International Aiport’s Terminal 1 by 80 percent will go underway this year, the Shanghai Airport Authority announced on Monday.
Shanghai Daily reports that renovations, to be completed by the end of this year, will include an addition of a new floor which will see capacity at the terminal rise from 20 million passengers a year to 36 million, speeding up transfers through the airport.
With the launch of the city’s 72-hour visa-free policy, the number of transfer passengers visiting Shanghai is expected to rise to more than 10 million a year, [Wang Jiji, the authority’s deputy president] said.
“While visitors to the terminal during the renovations might have to put up with the smell of paint or some construction noise, their travel plans will not be disrupted,” he said.
The upgrades at Pudong will also include a 500,000-square-meter satellite terminal building to the south of the existing terminals. The facility will include 119 gates, adding to the 70 at Terminals 1 and 2, Wang said.
The new 72-hour transit visa allows tourists from 45 countries who hold third country visas and confirmed onward air tickets to travel the city for 72 hours without a visa. By September 2013, around 8,300 foreigners had already benefited from the policy which was introduced last year.
By 2020, renovations will allow Pudong airport to handle up to 80 million passengers, 120 million when combined with Hongqiao International Airport. Yey?
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