|A new airport terminal in Shanghai started operation on March 16, 2010, ahead of the opening of the Shanghai World Expo. The 360,000 square meter terminal with a new runway has 45 plane parking bays and an annual transport capacity of 40 million people. Located west of the current terminal building, it will handle almost all domestic flights from the airport. The old terminal will be primarily used by some budget airlines and chartered flights to Japan and the Republic of Korea.
The new, bigger terminal will require walks of nearly 20 minutes from security for some of its most distant gates, but will have 80 check-in counters and 47 security gates for fast service. Together with the opening of the new terminal on Tuesday, the extension of Shanghai's subway line 2 linking with the new terminal also started operation.
The Expo, which begins May 1 and will run for six months, may attract as many as 800,000 visitors a day at peak times, stretching even the new transport systems to their limits. Almost all are expected to be Chinese, many of them traveling from the densely populated Yangtze River Delta region that surrounds Shanghai.
(Source: Xinhuanet, CCTV)