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Downtown ‘terminal building’ to become mall

THE downtown “terminal building” at Jing’an Temple has closed and the building will reopen as a shopping mall.

The Shanghai Airport City Terminal Building on Nanjing Road opened on 2002 to allow passengers to check in and deposit luggage for flights from Hongqiao or Pudong international airports.

However, not enough people used the terminal building to make it viable, said officials.

The building is being turned into a mall, although the public will be able to buy flight tickets and check flight information, an official with the Shanghai Airport Authority said.

Work will be completed by February 15, the official said.

The terminal building had a bus station for airport shuttle bus to the both airports, 18 check-in desks and a restaurant.

Shanghai Airlines was based in the terminal building, but pulled out in 2012.

“Only two check-in counters were usually open and they received only 10 to 30 passengers a day,” the official said.

Among reasons for the unpopularity were that while passengers would take a shuttle bus to the airport, luggage would be transferred separately, leading to concerns about it being caught in traffic.

A further inconvenience was that international passengers had to check in at least three hours before their flight.

The official said shuttle bus stops will be removed to reduce the traffic pressure on Nanjing Road.

The Shanghai airport authority also has terminal buildings in Wuxi and Kunshan in neighboring Jiangsu Province.

These allow residents there to check in their luggage and take long distance bus to the Shanghai airports.


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