CAAC confirmed (06-Dec-2011) Shanghai Pudong Airport’s fourth runway and fifth runway project proposals received approval from China’s National Development and Reform Commission on 21-Nov-2011. The CNY2580 million (USD403 million) fourth runway project includes construction of a 3800m runway while the CNY4650 million (USD726.6 million) fifth runway project includes construction of a 3400m runway.
Shanghai Pudong's fourth and fifth runways receive approval
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