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Metro means end of the road for airport buses

A FREE shuttle bus service between the two terminals in the city's Hongqiao International Airport ends tomorrow, as connecting Metro stations open today.

The bus service, which began operation in March, when the second terminal opened, is no longer required, said Shanghai Airport Authority officials.

"Transit between the two terminals can now be fulfilled by Metro Line 10," the airport operator said.

The operator said in March that the bus service was temporary and would end once Line 10 reached the airport.

Shuttle buses handled 896,350 passengers from March 16 to October 31, said the operator.

Air travelers who arrived at the wrong terminals used the buses, and they were also convenient for airport workers.

The operator said it would install signs at Hongqiao Airport advising travelers to take Line 10 instead.

The demise of the shuttle bus, however, produced mixed feelings among travelers.

"The shuttle was fast and convenient for me," said Steve Kong, a traveler who would take city bus routes to Terminal 1 and transfer to Terminal 2, from where most flights arrive and depart. "And, of course, it was free."

But other travelers said the Metro was more convenient.

The opening of Line 10's new stops at the Hongqiao airport is expected to relieve pressure on Line 2, previously the only line connecting to the airport. Passengers can transit between the terminals at Hongqiao railway station and Hongqiao Airport Terminal 1 station.

On the day the new terminal opened, more than 2,000 passengers who arrived at the wrong terminal took the shuttle buses.


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