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Pudong airport to renovate its Terminal 1

RENOVATION of Terminal 1 at Pudong International Airport will begin this year, including an expansion of the facility and upgrades to the luggage system.

The work, expected to be done by the end of next year, will benefit Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines, which will become the largest occupant of the terminal, said the airport operator.

The capacity of the terminal, first put into service in 1999, will grow from 20 million to more than 36.8 million passengers a year after the 1.2 billion yuan (US$192.9 million) renovation.

The revamped terminal will be expanded by one floor to seven floors, and new areas will be added to make it easier and faster for passengers to change planes, said construction authorities. Waiting lounges also will be added.

Industry sources said a satellite terminal, named S1, is also on the drawing boards because the distance between runways boarding gates in some cases is too far. Some passengers may be transported from gates to the satellite terminal to board.

The renovation is among 88 construction projects undertaken by the city this year at a total cost of 119.3 billion yuan.

The most visible is Shanghai Tower in the Lujiazui financial hub, which will be the city's tallest at 632 meters.

The tower is expected to reach its top by year's end and will be finished next year.


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