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Airport to establish fair prices

THE second terminal at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport will mainly provide relatively inexpensive restaurants and souvenir shops when it opens by March.

Airport officials, after hearing complaints and proposals from the city's top advisory body members, said they would make adjustments in the pricing of food and goods inside airport terminals to ensure customers were not getting cheated.

"A bowl of noodles cost me 55 yuan (US$8.05) in a restaurant in the terminal," said Zuo Xuejin, a member of the Shanghai committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. "It did not even taste that good."

Higher rents inside terminals usually mean higher prices, airport officials said.

However, they were in talks with business owners to reduce rents in order to reach a "win-win situation."

The price of items at chain restaurants such as KFC will be the same as those downtown, authorities said in a statement.

Authorities said they have successfully introduced some chain stores and convenience stores into the city's two airports to meet various demands from travelers.

They will also sign price-fixing agreements with businesses who bid to enter the new terminals.

The city will have four terminals and five runways for a combined annual capacity of 90 million passenger trips before the 2010 Shanghai World Expo opens next May.

Authorities are also making plans to cope with the anticipated increase in the number of passengers during the Expo period.

Meanwhile, deputies to the Shanghai People's Congress advised the city's airports and railway stations to ensure the availability of Muslim food.


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