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Old May 2nd, 2012, 05:07 AM   #461
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Plane bomb hoax a "prank": suspect

SHANGHAI, May 1 (Xinhua) -- The man who allegedly made a hoax bomb threat described his deeds as a "prank," police said Tuesday.

The suspect surnamed Pu said he hoaxed the Shanghai Pudong International Airport last Friday about the "bomb onboard" just to imitate the plot of a game, said a statement issued by the Shanghai Public Security Bureau.

"It's purely a prank, and I didn't expect the consequence would be so serious," he was quoted as saying.

Pu had been detained for allegedly fabricating and spreading fake terrorism information, said the statement.

The airport received an anonymous phone call at 6:36 p.m. on last Friday saying that a bomb was onboard flight CA406 from Shanghai to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.

Over the phone, Pu required the airport to transfer 1 million yuan (159,000 U.S. dollars) to his bank account, said the statement.

Police evacuated the passengers to inspect the plane, but found no explosive device onboard.

The flight, scheduled to take off at 6:30 p.m., took off at 11:23 p.m. after a delay of about five hours. Many other flights on the night were also delayed.

The Shanghai police launched an investigation into the case and arrested Pu in the city of Guangyuan in Sichuan on Sunday night.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 04:46 AM   #462
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Anymore pictures of both Pudong and Hongqiao airports?
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Old June 6th, 2012, 04:40 PM   #463
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Old June 13th, 2012, 06:38 AM   #464
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SkyTeam, the global airline alliance and members China Southern and China Eastern today signed a Cooperation Agreement with Beijing Capital International Airport that paves the way for more customer-focused initiatives to be introduced at the airport.


Beijing Capital, which is forecasted to soon become the world's busiest airport, is home to both China Southern and China Eastern and is served by 10 of SkyTeam's 16 members. Each day, more than 38,000 passengers arrive and depart Beijing on 230 flights operated by SkyTeam airlines to 93 destinations worldwide.



Effective immediately, parties will further work together on improving processes that will enhance the SkyTeam customers' airport experience, particularly when transiting in Beijing. Current and future initiatives planned at Beijing airport include:


SkyPriority - A series of distinctively branded priority airport services offered to Elite Plus, First and Business Class customers. At Beijing Capital Airport these services were rolled out in March and include: priority check-in areas and baggage drop, priority service at transfer desks, priority boarding and priority baggage handling.


SkyTeam is the only airline alliance to ensure a common and consistent standard for priority services and has already implemented SkyPriority at over 550 airports around the world.


SkyPort - Delivering cost synergies for member airlines and a better airport experience for customers at shared locations worldwide. SkyTeam opened a co-located check-in facility at the airport in December 2011, offering 50 check-in desks, numerous self-service kiosks and dedicated check-in counters for premium passengers.



SkyTeam and China Southern plan to open a new SkyTeam-branded lounge for Elite, First and Business class passengers at Beijing international airport with China Southern.


SkyTransfer - With approximately 14 million SkyTeam passengers arriving and departing Beijing each year, this initiative will ensure seamless, straightforward transfers of passengers and their baggage from one member airline to another.


"Today's agreement builds on our efforts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to deliver a superior airport experience, that will underpin our position as the #1 alliance in the Greater China Region," said Michael Wisbrun, SkyTeam's Managing Director.



"Close cooperation with the airports we serve is essential to identifying issues, delivering solutions and finding new opportunities at SkyTeam hubs worldwide. This will ultimately enhance the airport experience for our customers."


The agreement is the third signed by the alliance and its members in China in 2012. Similar agreements were signed with Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
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Old June 16th, 2012, 05:47 AM   #465
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Lufthansa (LH) is negotiating with Chinese authorities to operate its Airbus A380 on the Frankfurt-Shanghai Pudong (PVG) route.

LH Group chairman and CEO Christoph Franz told ATW on the sidelines of this week's IATA annual general meeting and summit in Beijing 'that the carrier has "great interest" in flying the A380 to PVG.

Franz said he is not happy about the ongoing dispute between Europe and China over the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). "ETS [is] creating international dissatisfaction, which is also creating a trade war," he said.

"Several airlines are already facing problems, such as being denied traffic rights," Franz said, adding, "The pressure to find a solution increases."
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^ If they have rights to fly to Pudong, why would they need further negotiations to switch the operating aircraft? Any more details on what needs to be discussed, such as seat capacity limits or additional frequencies?
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Old June 16th, 2012, 06:28 AM   #467
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^ If they have rights to fly to Pudong, why would they need further negotiations to switch the operating aircraft? Any more details on what needs to be discussed, such as seat capacity limits or additional frequencies?
Not so much as per ATW. Not even Lufthansa...
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Old June 16th, 2012, 09:57 AM   #468
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^ If they have rights to fly to Pudong, why would they need further negotiations to switch the operating aircraft? Any more details on what needs to be discussed, such as seat capacity limits or additional frequencies?
My guess based on the article is that because of the ETS conflict a simple adjustment of the rights by European carriers, like a change of seat capacity limits need to be fully approved by the Chinese government.
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Old June 16th, 2012, 10:34 AM   #469
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My guess based on the article is that because of the ETS conflict a simple adjustment of the rights by European carriers, like a change of seat capacity limits need to be fully approved by the Chinese government.
I think the growing demand for Shanghai-Frankfurt flights might be one of the reasons why Lufthansa negotiates with CAAC...
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Old June 16th, 2012, 11:35 AM   #470
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My guess based on the article is that because of the ETS conflict a simple adjustment of the rights by European carriers, like a change of seat capacity limits need to be fully approved by the Chinese government.
I have my doubts whether China will allow an increase of seats for Lufthansa only. I suspect they'll push for the same for Chinese carriers flying into Germany, which may be an additional flight, with more seats than an upgrade to a LH A380.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 04:08 AM   #471
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Feasibility study completed for Shanghai Pudong Airport 4th, 5th runaways
(WCARN.com, June 20)


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Feasibility studies on the fourth and fifth runway construction projects of Shanghai Pudong International Airport have passed experts' assessment on a Feasibility Study Report Meeting held in Beijing from June 11 to 13.

Besides project planning, airspace utilization and flight procedures, other items like content and scale of the construction programme, land requisition & building demolition, evaluation of environmental impacts, energy-saving approaches and investment estimation are assessed by experts and representatives present at the meeting.


It is agreed that the new runways are designed to fulfill the goal of building Shanghai as a base for large passenger aircraft and ARJ regional aircraft in terms of research & development, final assembly and customer service.


It is learned that, the fourth runway is 3,800 meters long and 60 meters wide, while the fifth runway is 3,400 meters long and 45 meters wide. And their aircraft movement area reference code will be 4F and 4E respectively.


Once the construction is completed, the runways will be able to meet the demand of flight tests for C919 and ARJ-21 aircraft, both of which are produced by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC).
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 01:09 PM   #472
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Shanghai Airport reported its May traffic on June 20. According to the report, it handled up to 30,811 takeoffs and landings and 3.725 million passengers in May, together with 247,000 tonnes of cargo and mail.

Aircraft movements and passenger volume grew by 7.2% and 9.4% respectively year on year, while cargo and mail volume was down 3.7% compared with the same period last year.



On a month-on-month basis, aircraft movements in May increased by 2% compared with April; passenger throughput dropped 3% while cargo and mail volume registered a monthly growth of 0.8%.


The airport achieved rapid growth in terms of international traffic. In May, international traffic surged by 14.3% year on year, way faster than the 8% year-on-year growth of domestic traffic. On the other hand, there were indications of slow growth when compared with the figure for April, with international traffic in April achieving a yearly growth of 22% and domestic traffic up 7.8% year on year.



It is revealed that international traffic rebounded more quickly than domestic traffic. According to the data, passengers flying internationally accounted for a high portion of the airport's total customers - with its international passenger throughput and flight movements both occupying as much as 48%. Routes centered on Japan and Korea took up 40% of the international routes. Therefore, the international service plays a very crucial role in the air passenger market.



The Fukushima earthquake in March 2011 brought significant negative impact on the airport's international routes, and even on the overall passenger traffic demand, which showed a growth rate of merely 1.12% in that month. Moreover, passenger throughput even registered consecutive negative growth in the subsequent months.



Up till now, the influence of the earthquake has faded away and the overall demand has been back to steady growth. As for the first quarter of 2012, passenger volume jumped by 10.7% year on year, in comparison with the 8% growth rate of the same period last year.



On the other hand, the recession trend continued in cargo market. Due to the combination of low fare and high cost in international cargo market, airlines are performing under par in terms of cargo business.



According to some analysts, exports still face tough business conditions given the overall cargo market this year. With the current feeble international economic environment, it is hard for the cargo market to return to the 2010 peak.
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Old June 28th, 2012, 12:08 PM   #473
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Pudong Airport renovation to add more shop space
(Shanghai Daily, June 28)


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SHANGHAI Airport Authority told shareholders yesterday that Pudong International Airport Terminal 1 will undergo a major renovation this year to expand its retail space.

The board of the listed company agreed to invest 1.4 billion yuan (US$220 million) in the renovation project, said Jia Ruijun, vice president of Shanghai Airport Authority.

The project, slated to finish by 2014, will add 6,000 square meters of retail space to the terminal building.

Jia said it is part of their corporate strategy to "further develop non-aviation businesses," noting that revenue from the company's non-aviation businesses exceeded that from its aviation business last year.

The Pudong airport is also building its fourth and fifth runways to handle the increasing air traffic.

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Old June 28th, 2012, 06:35 PM   #474
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 07:03 AM   #475
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Security tightens at airport
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PASSENGERS on flights from Shanghai will need to be at the airport some 30 to 60 minutes earlier than usual after security checks were tightened over the weekend.

It is not known if the stricter measures were prompted by an attempted hijacking of a domestic flight in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Friday.

Many travelers reported longer queues and tougher checks at the city's two airports, Hongqiao and Pudong.

The Shanghai Airport Authority said that an increased number of passengers would be asked to take off their shoes and unbuckle their belts.

It also said that the frequency of checks on carry-on bags would increase.

Airport security staff have also begun random tests for explosives at the entrances to terminal buildings and other places.

There were similar measures in place during the World Expo in 2010, an event which attracted tens of millions of visitors who arrived in the city by plane.

Normally, passengers are advised to arrive from 90 minutes to two hours before a domestic flight and up to three hours for international journeys. Passengers now need to add up to an hour to allow sufficient time to get through security.

On Saturday, a woman passenger posted a picture of one of her shoes online, saying that she had been told to take them off to check that nothing was concealed inside. Security officers told her that a knife could be hidden inside the shoes' large heels.

There was a mixed response to the stronger security measures. Some passengers complained about the longer time they had to wait while others supported the moves on the grounds of safety.

An airport authority manager told Shanghai Daily that the measures had been ordered by China's Civil Aviation Administration. No reason has been given for the order so far.

However, air security is a hot topic for passengers after reports that aircrew and passengers foiled an attempted hijacking on a Tianjin Airlines flight. Two policemen on the flight were seriously injured while the head attendant and seven passengers suffered minor injuries when they fought the hijackers.

Six men tried to hijack the plane six minutes after take-off from the desert city of Hotan at 12:25pm. It was heading for regional capital of Urumqi.

The six suspects are in police custody. Witnesses said the men claimed to have bombs and tried to break into the cockpit.

Passengers, including some who were police officers, leapt from their seats to help aircrew overwhelm the hijackers.
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Sri Lankan Airlines to run daily flights to Beijing, Shanghai
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BEIJING - Sri Lankan Airlines will expand its services to Beijing and Shanghai, with daily flights to the two cities running from July 15, to serve the increasing number of Chinese travelers to Colombo, Male, Bangkok and other points on its global network.
The additions will take the airline to 21 flights per week to four cities in China, including four to Guangzhou and three to Hong Kong.
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Flights delayed at Shanghai airports
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2012-7-11

SOME flight delays hit Shanghai's two airports yesterday and may continue in the following days because of air traffic control issues in east China's coastal areas.

Dozens of flights from Shanghai to Dalian, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan were delayed for at least an hour starting at 10am yesterday.

Three flights departing for Qingdao City in eastern China's Shandong Province and Xiamen City in the southeastern Fujian Province were canceled, according to Shanghai's airport authority.

China Eastern Airlines and Dragonair issued statements yesterday to remind passengers that a wide range of flight delays may occur in coastal cities because of the air traffic control issues.

"China Eastern did not know exactly how long the traffic control will last but will update information on its official website every day," a staffer with the airline said yesterday.

China launched a five-day military maneuver on the East China Sea yesterday and many suspected the air traffic control issue was caused by the maneuver.

The country's military authority began limitations on boats entering an area near the Zhoushan archipelago for five days beginning yesterday.
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Shanghai to be top air cargo hub
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Shanghai is on course to become the world's top air cargo hub by 2015, according to the head of the city's airport authority. Speaking at the opening of a new $175 million North Asia hub by Germany's Deutsche Post DHL, Li Derun, president of Shanghai Airport Authority, said that investments by such global players at Shanghai Pudong International Airport are now driving air traffic into the city.

He said rival US industry giants United Parcel Service Inc and FedEx Corp are also planning to base their regional express hubs in the airport area, expanding their international transfer business. Pudong International Airport handled around 3.1 million metric tons of cargo in 2011, ranking it third globally behind Hong Kong International Airport and Memphis International Airport in the United States.

"We only lag behind our rivals by 500,000 to 600,000 tons," Li said. "International transfer business accounts for just 5 percent of our portfolio. To take the top spot, we need to lift this to 16 percent over the next three years." The new DHL facility in Shanghai - part of an overall expansion plan by the company in China over the next five years - will be its biggest express hub in Asia, and marks its largest single investment in China, said its executive officer Frank Appel.

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