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Shanghai Hongqiao Airport opens new terminal

2010-03-16 07:01:31 GMT2010-03-16 15:01:31 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Passenger check in for boarding inside the new terminal of the Hongqiao Airport of Shanghai, east China, March 16, 2010. The No.2 Terminal of the airport came into use Tuesday, and more than 90 percent of all flights to Hongqiao Airport will be transferred to the 360,000 square meter terminal. (Xinhua Photo)

Passengers walk inside the departure hall of the new terminal of the Hongqiao Airport of Shanghai, east China, March 16, 2010. (Xinhua Photo)

Passengers walk inside the departure hall of the new terminal of the Hongqiao Airport of Shanghai, east China, March 16, 2010. (Xinhua Photo)

A photo shows part of the Hongqiao Airport of Shanghai, east China, March 16, 2010. (Xinhua Photo)

Two persons enjoy the sightseeing of the Hongqiao Airport of Shanghai, east China, March 16, 2010. (Xinhua Photo)

Two airport terminals and two runways at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport will work together after the official opening of Terminal 2 on March 16, which increased the airport"s capacity by 60 percent, the Oriental Morning Post reported.

The new terminal sent out its first passenger flight in early morning on March 16, according to schedule, the report said.

The airport organized the transfer on March 15, handling 65 flights involving 7,000 arriving passengers. After the flights landed on the new runway, they were parked in remote areas and passengers were taken to the old terminal by shuttle buses to get their luggage.

The new terminal has a total floor area of over 360,000 square meters, four times the size of the existing building.

According to a statement by the Shanghai Airport Authority, during the upcoming Shanghai World Expo, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport would be able to handle 45 takeoffs and landings per hour.

(China Daily)

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