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Pudong International Airport, Shanghai, China

March 2nd, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG, ICAO: ZSPD) is an airport located in the eastern part of Pudong district of Shanghai, China. It is a major international gateway into China, handling 17.15 million passengers on international flights in 2006, of which 9 million are foreigners, and beating Beijing Capital International Airport's 12.6 million international passengers.

The airport opened on October 1, 1999, replacing Shanghai Hongqiao Airport as Shanghai's international airport and taking over all of its international flights (including flights to Hong Kong and Macau). A second identical runway was opened on March 17, 2005 and a third runway is currently under construction. The second terminal is under construction and scheduled for completion by 2007. The long-term plan calls for a total of three terminals, two satellite halls and five parallel runways, for a final capacity of 80 million passengers per year.

Transrapid constructed the first operational maglev railway in the world, from the Pudong International Airport to Long Yang Road Metro station. It was inaugurated in 2002. It has a peak speed of 431 km/h and a track length of 30 km.

The airport was largely funded by a 40 billion yen (~350 million USD) grant from Japan. In 2004, the airport handled nearly 500 flights per day, carrying more than 20 million passengers per year in and out of China's most populated city.

Since Pudong handles many airlines at rush hour times, most planes have to park on the apron. In order to solve this problem, Pudong is building Terminal 2, which will be located behind the Terminal 1, the only terminal at this time.

Recently, China Southern Airlines stated that Shanghai Pudong International Airport will be home to its five Airbus A380s, however there is no statement if China Southern Airlines will have a hub in Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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