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New Hongqiao runway unveiled

THE second runway at Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport started taking planes yesterday on a trial basis.

Full service will begin next Tuesday when the airport opens its new terminal.

The new arrivals will help increase annual passenger capacity by 60 percent, according to the airport operator.

Li Derun, vice president of the Shanghai Airport Authority, said yesterday that the Hongqiao facility would continue to be the city's major domestic air travel gateway, only with a more passenger-friendly environment.

The airport is expected to handle 40 million passengers a year by 2015, with the new terminal servicing about 30 million and the existing one about 10 million.

The airport handled 25 million passengers last year.

Up to 90 percent of carriers at the Hongqiao airport will switch to the new terminal.

The eastern extension of the city's Metro Line 2, leading to the new terminal, would also open next Tuesday, traffic authorities said yesterday in a government press release.

Line 10 will open a stop next to the terminal by October.

Passengers can also board four daytime bus lines and two night services from downtown to the airport.

A direct bus route will open during the Shanghai 2010 World Expo to take visitors to the Expo site in Pudong.

City drivers can reach the new terminal via three elevated roads - Beidi, Yan'an and Jiamin. Drivers from the provinces can go via Songze Elevated Road.

There will also be shuttle bus service between the two terminals.

From now until next Monday, the new runway will only open for about one to two hours during slack traffic.

From Tuesday the two runways will handle 33 landings and take-offs each hour.

The volume would increase during the World Expo to 45 planes per hour, Li said.


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