China's Haikou Meilan International Airport stated (13-Aug-2013) its new international terminal commenced operations on 14-Aug-2013. Following more than two years of construction work (work commenced on 18-Apr-2011), the new terminal building is located on the east side of the existing terminal and will cater for all international services. The airport’s apron now accommodates 10 international services, increased from three prior to the expansion. [more - original PR - Chinese]
Haikou Meilan International Airport opens international terminal
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