5-Sep-2013 4:26 PM

Shanghai Pudong International Airport preparing for the arrival of more A380 services

China's Shanghai Airport Authority announced (04-Sep-2013) Shanghai Pudong International Airport handled more than one million transit passengers in 1H2013, an increase of 11% year-on-year, and expects to handle more passengers this year as domestic and foreign carriers begin to deploy larger aircraft including the A380 on services to Shanghai. Transit passengers as a portion of total passengers exceeded 9% for the first time. The airport's summer passengers reached record highs this year while average daily aircraft movements also reached records of 1120 and passenger load factor remained high during the summer. The airport operator noted Emirates, the first carrier to operate A380 services to Shanghai, increased frequencies to the airport to daily during summer, Air France launched A380 Paris-Shanghai service on 03-Sep-2013, Lufthansa is scheduled to operate A380 on its Frankfurt-Shanghai sector from 26-Sep-2013 while Singapore Airlines recently announced plans to operate A380 services to Shanghai in the coming winter schedules. Shanghai Pudong currently has two category 4F runways and three aerobridges that are able to accommodate the A380. Meanwhile, with the launch of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone and the opening of the Shanghai Disney Resort, the airport stated it expects to handle more passengers as it embarks on becoming an air traffic hub in the Asia Pacific region. The airport said is is currently undertaking upgrades to terminal one while the design for terminal two upgrades has been finalised, both of which will allow the airport to handle more A380 flights and transit passengers. [more - original PR - Chinese]

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