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4th runway ready for take-off in Pudong

WORK has finished on the fourth runway at the Pudong International Airport, which will be put into service next year, officials with the Shanghai Airport Authority said yesterday.

The new runway will provide a testing ground for the much-anticipated Chinese-made C919 jumbo jet. It will also be used to conduct test flights of China’s ARJ21 regional jet.

With the new runway, the Pudong airport will be able to handle 80 million passengers a year, said Li Derun, deputy president of the Shanghai Airport Authority.

At 3,800 meters long, the fourth runway can cope with the world’s largest commercial plane — the Airbus 380.

Also under construction is a 3,400-meter fifth runway, which will be used for C919 test flights.

Once that is complete, Shanghai will have seven runways — five at Pudong 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 be 9.4 billion yuan (US$1.54 billion).

“The Pudong airport will be important to Shanghai’s free trade zone, while the establishment of the zone also provides an opportunity for the airport to upgrade its facilities,” Li said.

In addition to the new runways, a new satellite terminal will be built at the Pudong airport by 2015, the city’s top planning body said yesterday.

Aircraft will be able to park around the entire circumference of the new S1 Terminal, said the Civil Aviation Development Outline 2011-2015, issued by the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission.

Renovations of Terminal 1 at the Pudong airport will also begin soon, including an expansion and upgrade to the luggage system, Li said.

The work, expected to be complete 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.

Capacity of the terminal, which opened in 1999, will grow from 20 million to 36.8 million passengers a year, following the 1.2 billion yuan renovation.

The revamped terminal will be expanded by one story to seven floors, and new areas added to make transfers faster and easier, said authorities.

Shanghai plans for its two airports to handle 100 million passengers and 5.5 million tons of cargo a year by 2015.



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