Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai's lofty goals a flight of fancy if key issues not fixed

The free-trade zone in Shanghai. Photo: Bloomberg

In a place where access to the internet is restricted, international flights fail to land freely, and, most importantly, local residents cannot even breathe freely, the government is building something new called a "free-trade zone" as part of Beijing's ambition to open up the economy wider and faster to lure foreign money.

Monday, 9 December, 2013, 8:15am 3 comments

When crime can be seen as protest

Outrage and condemnation should be expected to follow the brutal murder of a hospital intern by a patient and the invasion of airport runways by passengers. But not on the mainland. Both events were greeted with sympathy for the perpetrators - in the first case, yellow smiley faces on a newspaper website's opinion poll, and in the second, praise on microblogs.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Runway protests by air passengers are investigated

Aviation authorities are probing two incidents in which passengers forced their way onto the runways at mainland airports last week, posing severe threats to the safety of air traffic.

The Civil Aviation Administration told Xinhua it was investigating incidents in Shanghai and Guangzhou after angry passengers broke into the airports' restricted areas.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

More room to manoeuvre at airport

A HK$2.2 billion project to create 16 new parking spots for planes in the next two years was intended to take advantage of a rebound in the global economy, the Airport Authority said at the launch of the development yesterday.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Passengers in sit-in after delay of 18 hours

Hong Kong Airlines was hit by another sit-in protest yesterday when a group of passengers arriving from Shanghai after a delay of about 18 hours refused to leave the plane at Hong Kong International Airport.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Shanghai Pudong Airport plans to lift capacity 80pc

Shanghai Pudong Airport says it plans a big expansion of Terminal One, lifting the terminal's capacity for passengers 80 per cent to meet rising demand at the mainland's busiest international airport as part of a more than 1.2 billion yuan (HK$1.47 billion) upgrade.

The upgrade is part of the Shanghai government's plans to grow the city as an international air hub.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Indecent haste over third runway is due to threat posed by high-speed railway

I commend Clive Noffke for his excellent letter summarising the sins of our bureaucrats in their handling of the third-runway issue and in particular Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng's rush to endorse the biased findings of this carefully choreographed consultation ('Indecent haste over third runway', January 7).

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Shanghai airport to double capacity

Shanghai Pudong International Airport received approval to build a fourth and fifth runway in an expansion that will see the number of aircraft movements double by 2020.

The addition of two runways will enable the airport to handle 650,000 landings and take-offs a year in 2020, compared with 332,100 aircraft movements last year.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Shenzhen airport confirms expansion plans

A Shenzhen municipal official yesterday confirmed plans to build a third runway and a fourth passenger terminal at Baoan airport by 2040, helping the city to compete with Hong Kong as a regional air hub.

Shenzhen airport is planning to open its third passenger terminal by the end of next year following the opening of the second runway in July.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Open mind needed on third runway

Airports can be a bit like roads, in that the more capacity you build to meet demand the more traffic they will attract. Hong Kong's highly acclaimed airport is a case in point.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Debate on third runway must be open and rational

According to the International Air Transport Association, Hong Kong International Airport handled 51 million passengers and over 4 million tonnes of cargo in 2010. Those numbers could rise to 62.2 million passengers and 5.3 million tonnes of cargo in 2014. Within a few years of that, the airport could start to hit its capacity limits.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

'Spaceship' a highlight of Shui On project

An exhibition centre in the form of a 'spaceship' will be a drawing card of Shui On Land's proposed multibillion-yuan property development in Shanghai's new core business district of Hongqiao.

23 May 2011 - 12:00am

Airport cargo up 42pc to new record

Hong Kong International Airport handled record cargo tonnages last month. It says business has returned to pre-crisis levels.

The world's busiest international cargo terminal handled 367,000 tonnes of cargo in May, up 42 per cent from a year earlier, thanks to increased exports to Europe and North America.

17 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Activist stranded in airport for three months files suit

A prominent Shanghai rights activist is suing immigration authorities for repeatedly refusing to allow him to return to the mainland over an eight-month period.

Feng Zhenghu - who finally made it home on February 12 after being stranded in Japan since June - said he filed a formal complaint at the Pudong New Area People's Court on Monday.

24 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

China Eastern targets 4b yuan from Expo

The Shanghai World Expo that opens in May is expected to bring in four billion yuan (HK$4.55 billion) in additional income and five million extra passengers to China Eastern Airlines Corp, the official carrier to the event.

26 Jan 2010 - 12:00am