Sunday, March 16, 2008

Pudong International Airport Shanghai

Pudong International Airport上海浦東國際機場

Shanghai's Pudong International Airport is one of Asia's largest and busiest airports with some 17 million flights in 2006.

The airport was built with a $400 million grant from the government of Japan and opened in 1999.

It has flights to cities around the world.

A second terminal is currently under construction and is set to open prior to the Beijing Olympic Games, in August.

Pudong International replaced Hongqiao International Airport as Shanghai's main airport for overseas flights. The latter, which could not expand any further, is now used primarily for flights within China.
Because of the tremendous growth of the Chinese economy, Pudong has seen large rises in the numbers of passengers. It may in the near future have more traffic than similar airports in the region, such as Tokyo's Narita and Seoul's Incheon.
Shopping is a bit limited at Pudong. In the center of the terminal is a row of enclosed shops with the standard duty-free options.
Access

From central Shanghai, take Line 2 of the Metro to Long Yang Road Station. There you can take the Maglev airport express to the airport terminal.


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