To the delight of travelers everywhere, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport re-opened its Terminal 1 Building A yesterday following a much-needed facelift.
Check-ins and security checks are now noticeably faster at the newly-renovated terminal, Shanghai Daily reports. That’s because the building doubled up on both counters and security channels, making it easier for travelers to check their bags and head through security.
The renovation, which began back in 2014, is the airport’s biggest one since it opened way back 1921, and comes just in the nick of time as Hongqiao has become infamous in recent years for being one of the worst airports in the country when it comes to flight delays. All domestic and international flights coming out of T1 will be moved to Building A while renovation work begins on Building B.
Along with the counters and channels, the terminal added a new parking lot able to fit 1,250 vehicles, higher ceilings, more shopping outlets, bigger waiting areas, a direct link to the Yan’an expressway, a children’s play area, and, most importantly, more outlets!
Take a look around below:
By 2025, China is planning to add another 136 airports, including a few mega airports in places like Beijing and Chengdu. Guess we’ll just have to be satisfied with renovation though.
[Images via EastDay / Takungpao / caacnews.com]
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