Construction began yesterday on the world’s largest satellite terminal building, which when finished will allow the airport to handle 80 million passengers per year.
With 83 departure gates and about 120 new aprons, the H-shaped third terminal, divided into two sections called S1 and S2, will cover a total of 620,000 square meters, making it larger than the airport’s Terminal 2 building.
According to Shanghai Daily, the building is expected to be completed by 2019. The expansion follows renovation work completed last year to increase capacity at Terminal 1.
After additional renovations are carried out, Pudong international Airport will be able to handle 80 million passengers and 4.7 million tons of cargo per year.
“The departure gates of the current two terminal buildings are not enough, forcing aircraft to taxi a long way before takeoff. It was one of main reasons for flight delays,” said Li Derun, president of the Shanghai Airport Authority.
The airport currently has 135 gates and 70 parking lots, but the airport authority estimates that the Pudong airport needs at least 191 departure gates by 2025 to handle 80 million passengers a year.
Passengers will also be able to check in at one of the two existing terminal buildings and then take a three minute subway ride to the new terminal buildings. Trains will depart at twp minute intervals and will be similar to Metro lines.