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Pudong airport adds 2 new runways for C919 test flights

CONSTRUCTION of the fourth and fifth runways at the Pudong International Airport has passed a quality appraisal by experts, the Shanghai Airport Authority said today.

The appraisal covered aspects from construction planning, air space utilization, environmental impact, land compensation and project investment, said the authority.

The two new runways will provide a testing ground for the much-anticipated Chinese-made jumbo jet C919. They will also be used to conduct test flights of ARJ21 regional jet, also a Chinese aircraft.

Shanghai will then have seven runways, five at the Pudong airport and two at the Hongqiao International Airport.

The cost of the two new runways at the Pudong airport, operated by Shanghai International Airport Co Ltd, will amount to 9.4 billion yuan (US$1.48 billion).

The new runways will enable the world's third busiest air hub by passenger volume to handle 60 million passengers a year by 2015.


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