Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport is now home to China’s first museum-within-an-airport, meant for passengers to hang out during a long layover, or even more likely, when their flights are delayed.
The museum is situated at Gate 90 of the Terminal Two building. The first exhibition is showcasing 53 European porcelain pieces on loan from the Shanghai History Museum, CNTV said, and is already attracting ‘quite a few passengers’.
The museum launch comes not long after Shanghai Airport Authority’s announcement of a new project aimed to boost Pudong’s passenger capacity at Terminal One by 80 percent. Renovations, to be completed by the end of this year, will include the addition of a new floor, allowing the terminal to accommodate some 36 million passengers per year, up from the current 20 million. The developments promise to speed up transfers though the airport.
By 2020, Pudong airport will handle up to 80 million passengers, thanks to renovations. That’s gonna mean a lot of culturally enlightened fliers.