Shanghai Pudong Terminal 1 Jetways - 2009
Shanghai Pudong Airport opened on October 1, 1999, after less than 3 years of construction. Initially replacing Hongqiao as the region's international airport with domestic services continuing there. However, since 20101 some regional international flights often called city-to-city routes such as Tokyo Haneda and Seoul Gimpo have returned to the closer in Hongqiao which has grown impressively in its own right.
Pundong 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 UPS and DHL. The DHL hub, opened in July 2012, is said to be the biggest express hub in Asia. Shanghai Pudong is the busiest international hub of mainland China, ranking 22nd globally in terms of international traffic, even though Beijing is the busiest airport in China and in fact the 2nd busiest in the world. About half of PVG's total passenger traffic is international owing to Shanghai's place as the international nation's business hub. Pudong Airport is connected to Central Shanghai by subway Metro line 2 and the ultra-high speed Shanghai Maglev Train.
Pudong, PVG, has 2 terminals located across from each other a 15 minute walk across from each other and connected by a hotel, unique observation/bar and walking concourse which is also the train station. Terminal 1, opened in 1999, with the airport. It features a wave-like design with "stalactite" looking ornamentation hanging down from the roof. It has been compared visually to Kansai, Japan's Airport. Terminal 1, the smaller of the two, can handle 20 million passengers. T1 is home to Air France, China Airlines, locally based China Eastern, Juneyao Airlines, Korean Air, Sichuan Air, Spring Airlines, SrikLankan, Tianjin, and Zest.
The newer and larger Terminal 2 opening on March 26, 2008, just prior to the Beijing Olympics. It has a dramatic red roof with a seagull affect which looks somewhat like Madrid Barajas Airport, complimented by skylights. This is one of the most spectacular terminals visually in the world, only surpassed in China by Beijing Capital's new Terminal 3. Terminal 2 can handle up to 40 million passengers a year and is slightly larger than Terminal 1. It is primarily used by Air China and subsidiary Shanghai Airlines who have hubs here and other Star Alliance airlines. The list include Air India, Northwest Airlines, Qatar Airways, Alitalia, British Airways, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Philippine Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Transaero Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Aerosvit Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Royal Nepal Airlines. Fellow Star Alliance partners Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and United Airlines. It has a beautiful garden flanking each of its concourses facing toward curbside.
There are plans underway to add 2 more runways and a new satellite concourse by 2015.
To cope with the immense amount of traffic, PVG has 3 runways ranging from 11,200 to 13,000 feet long.
Special Thanks to: Vinay Bhaskara