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Shanghai's airports to expand at slower pace in 2011

24-Mar-2011 10:40 AM

China's Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport VP Yuan Shunzhou stated Shanghai's two airports - Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport - may experience a slower pace of expansion in passenger throughput in 2011 now that the Shanghai World Expo has ended (Shanghai Daily, 24-Mar-2011). The two airports are expected to handle 70 million passengers in 2011, similar to 2010 levels, Mr Yuan said. Shanghai Hongqiao is forecast to handle around 32 million passengers this year, a slight increase from 31.6 million passengers in 2010, he said. To develop revenue sources, Mr Yuan said the Hongqiao Airport will focus on expanding non-aeronautical businesses such as retailing. "Non-aviation business revenue will account for 40% of this year's total revenue, and we will be redesigning the shopping area in Terminal One in two to three months," he said.