Shanghai seeks global hub status

China’s economic hub of Shanghai is speeding up construction efforts to build itself into a major international air service hub, according to Xinhua newswire. Work has begun recently on a main road leading to Pudong International Airport, while groundwork and water drainage projects have been appraised for the airport’s third runway, according to sources with the Shanghai Airport (Group) Ltd.

The new runway will be 3,400 metres long and 60 metres wide, capable of accommodating large aircraft such as the Airbus A380-800. It will be put into use before Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympic Games, the sources said.

The road is scheduled for completion in 2007, the sources added.

The airport also has its second terminals and western cargo area under construction, which are due to be finished at the end of next year.

In line with Shanghai’s plan, Pudong International Airport will eventually have five runways, three terminals and two supporting halls, with an annual handling capacity of 80 million passengers and 5.7 million tons of cargo.

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Meanwhile, Hongqiao airport will have two parallel runways and two terminals, with an annual handling capacity of 30 million passengers and one million tons of cargo, the sources said.
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