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Pudong's Terminal 1 to get more retail

PUDONG International Airport Terminal 1 will undergo a major renovation starting this year to expand its retail space,Shanghai Airport Authority said yesterday.

The board of the listed company agreed to invest 1.4 billion yuan (US$220 million) in the renovation, said Jia Ruijun, vice president of Shanghai Airport Authority, during a shareholder conference on Wednesday.

The project, which is slated to be finished by 2014, will add some 6,000 square meters of retail space to the terminal.

Jia said it is part of their corporate strategy to "further develop non-aviation businesses," noting that the increase in revenue from the company's non-aviation businesses exceeded that from its aviation business last year.

"We'd like to keep the trend this year," Jia told shareholders.

While some passengers have expressed concerns that flights might be affected and service moved to Terminal 2, airport officials said detailed renovation plans haven't been released.

The Pudong airport is also building its fourth and fifth runways to handle increasing air traffic. The airport saw over 40 million air travelers landing and taking off last year.

The airport said it has been working with a British consultant to ensure smooth operations as it made plans for the coming three to five years.

Plans call for passengers to spend more of their time waiting at the airport outside the boarding area, leaving more time for shopping at the terminal, as the operator tries to improve services.

Shanghai plans to turn Pudong International Airport into the world's No.1 cargo transport center by 2015 as the city seeks to build itself into an international air hub.

The city government and the state civil aviation administration signed an agreement earlier to expand flights to and from the city's airports in a bid to boost the airport's gateway status.

Officials also said yesterday that an outdoor water misting system has been set up at the taxi waiting area at Hongqiao airport to keep people cool during the city's summer heat.


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