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Shanghai Pudong Guide

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Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG, ICAO: ZSPD)  is the primary international airport serving Shanghai, China, and a major aviation hub in Asia. The other major airport in Shanghai, Hongqiao, mainly serves domestic flights. Located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of the city centre, Pudong Airport occupies a 40 square kilometres (15 sq mi) site adjacent to the coastline in eastern Pudong.

The airport is the main hub for China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines, and a major international hub for Air China. It is also the hub for privately owned Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines, and an Asian-Pacific cargo hub for UPSand DHL. The DHL hub, opened in July 2012, is said to be the biggest express hub in Asia.

Pudong Airport has two main passenger terminals, flanked on both sides by three parallel runways. A third passenger terminal is planned for 2015, in addition to a satellite terminal and two additional runways, raising its annual capacity from 60 million passengers to 80 million, along with the ability to handle six million tonnes of freight.

Pudong Airport is a fast-growing hub for both passenger and cargo traffic. With 3,227,914 metric tonnes handled in 2010, the airport is the world’s third busiest airport by cargo traffic. Pudong Airport also served a total of 40,578,621 passengers in 2010, making it the third busiest airport in mainland China and the 20th busiest in the world. As of December 2011, Pudong Airport hosted 87 airlines serving 194 destinations.

Shanghai Pudong is the busiest international hub of mainland China, ranking 22nd globally in terms of international traffic.About half of its total passenger traffic is international.

Pudong Airport is connected to the city’s urban rail network through Metro Line 2 and the Shanghai Maglev Train. The airport is open 24 hours a day.

Ground transportation

Maglev Train

Starting service on 29 January, 2004 as the first commercial high-speed maglev railway in the world, Shanghai Maglev Train links Pudong International Airport with Longyang Road Metro station , where transfer to Line 2 or Line 7 is possible. The 30-km ride from Longyang Road Metro station to Pudong International Airport typically takes less than eight minutes, with the maximum speed reaching 431 km/h. Trains operate every 15 minutes; therefore passengers can expect to arrive in less than 25 minutes, waiting time included.

A standard single-ride ticket costs 50 RMB. Discounted prices are available for Shanghai Public Transportation Card holders (¥40 single), and for round trips within 7 days (¥80 round-trip). First-class tickets cost 100 RMB (single) or 180 RMB (round-trip within 7 days). All cars are equipped with racks and space designated for luggage.

Shanghai Metro Line 2

Shanghai Metro Line 2 also provides service between Pudong International Airport and Longyang Road, Lujiazui, People’s Square, and Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai’s primary domestic airport. Line 2 is part of the Shanghai Metro system; therefore unlike the Maglev, free in-system transfer to other lines are possible, with ticket prices varying from 3 RMB to 10 RMB.

Prices are substantially lower than the Maglev (¥6 from Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road and Lujiazui, ¥7 to People’s Square, ¥8 to Hongqiao International Airport). However, trips take longer due to lower speed of trains. A casual ride to People’s Square, the city centre, typically takes just over one hour. It is wise to allow more than five hours for a safe flight transfer at Hongqiao International Airport using public tranportation.

It should further be noted that Line 2 operates in two sections: trains from Pudong International Airport terminate at Guanglan Road, where passengers wishing to travel on change trains across the platform. In addition, not all trains go to Hongqiao International Airport.

Airport Buses

Eight Airport Bus lines serve Pudong International Airport, providing rapid links to various destinations. Buses are labelled “机场X线” (Airport Bus Line X) and typically operate on a 15-to-30 minute basis. Fares range from 2 to 22 depending on distance travelled.


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