Shanghai Airport rapidly becoming strategic air hub

Shanghai Airport continues to expand to meet the ever growing cargo demand with the Pudong Air Cargo Terminal Ltd (PACTL) West terminal as the latest addition hub. By Wong Joon San in Shanghai.

Shanghai Airport’s focus and direction has been accelerated with the strategic aim of becoming a key passenger and air cargo hub, according to Wu Nianzu, chairman & president of Shanghai Airport Authority.

Speaking at the recent Pudong Air Cargo Terminal Ltd (PACTL) 2007 One Million Tons Celebration and The Unveiling Ceremony of PACTL West held in Shanghai, Wu said Shanghai’s air-hub target as a state strategy provided an excellent platform and opportunity for the development of all the participants in the air transportation business in Shanghai.

Shanghai airport, which handled an estimated 2.45 million tonnes in 2007, is forecast to handle 3.7 million tonnes and 5.9 million tons by 2010 and 2015 respectively. Wu said that with the progress of reform and opening of China, Shanghai Airport, which handled only 689,460 tonnes of cargo in 1999, had not only come a long way but had also developed at an unprecedented speed.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport, which was sixth in terms of global air cargo ranking in 2006, is expected to climb still higher after its extension – PACTL West – was completed in March this year. The new air cargo terminal is expected to become operational before year-end, with new business coming from the Beijing Olympics 2008 and ShanghaiExpo in 2010.