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Airport to drivers: Don't hog the lanes

HONGQIAO International Airport authorities, trying to ease chronic traffic snarls, are reminding drivers who pick up passengers not to park their cars in the driving lanes as they wait.

The airport has kicked off a five-month move to streamline traffic and improve security before the new west terminal is put into use next March.

"Parking in the driving lanes has always been a problem for the airport," said an airport official who spoke in anonymity.

"With a passenger volume hike foreseeable after the west terminal's completion, we're trying to fix the problem before its completion."

About 60,000 vehicles descend every day on Hongqiao, the city's main airport for domestic flights, officials said. That's 50 percent more than the airport's capacity.

Cars are sometimes queued for kilometers during the peak time in the morning, as well in evenings and nights when there are many flight arrivals.

"That has brought big troubles to the passengers who want to catch the planes," the official explained.

The airport authorities have deployed officers to shoo away cars waiting in the driving lanes outside the airport's terminal because the lanes are always crowded and even blocked.


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