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Old August 28th, 2012, 06:23 PM   #501
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Stricter security checks in place at Shanghai airports
Shanghai Daily
Sep 1, 2012

STARTING tomorrow, Shanghai's two airports are raising security checks to Level-2, or the same as those in place during World Expo 2010 and the Beijing Olympics, the airport authority said yesterday.

It gave no reason for the move but a spokesman for the Shanghai Airport Authority said the new measures would be temporary and would be in place for less than a month at the Pudong and Hongqiao international airports.

Level 2 checks means passengers will be asked to take off shoes and belts and more people will be asked to open carry-on bags for random checks.

A security official at the Hongqiao airport said that almost one in two passengers would be picked for more detailed random checks.

A security official at Pudong airport told Shanghai Daily last night: "Passengers are advised to come to airports earlier, at least two hours before takeoff to receive the checks that will take a longer time." He would not say why the stricter security measures were being introduced but implied that it might be for a major national event.

The airport authority said local passengers would be accustomed to higher level checks because they were in place for six months during the Shanghai Expo in 2010.

Airports in Beijing, Guangzhou and Hangzhou began Level 2 security checks on Tuesday after an order from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Passengers were advised to take off rings and necklaces and take coins from their pockets because alarm systems had been adjusted to be more sensitive, said Ruan Zhouchang, an official at Hangzhou's Xiaoshan International Airport.

"It takes about three minutes for each passenger to receive the stricter checks," Ruan said.

There have been no crowds of passengers waiting at airports in Beijing, Hangzhou and Guangzhou since the higher safety check level was introduced, according to a China News Service report.

Airports on China's mainland normally have three levels of security checks. The lowest, Level 3, is used most of the time, while the strictest, Level 1, requires passengers and all their belongings to be checked twice by both X-ray machines and manually.
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Air Mauritius to operate Mauritius-Shanghai direct flights

PORT-LOUIS, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Mauritius Air will start operating direct flights to Shanghai, China's biggest city, two times each week as from January 2013, the Mauritius Tourism Minister Michael Sik Yuen said on Friday.

While addressing participants at the third edition of the World Chinese Conference which opened in Mauritius on Thursday, the minister explained that the decision conforms to the government's strategy to promote the Mauritius destination to ease the impact of the euro zone crisis.

"Our objective is to double the number of Chinese tourists on an annual basis as from 2013," the minister said.

In light of the initiative, Yuen will soon head to China with a delegation comprised of representatives from the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, the Association of Hoteliers and Restaurants in the Mauritius Island (AHRIM) and Air Mauritius to market the destination and speak with the Chinese travel agencies to get their commitment to promote the Mauritius destination in a more aggressive manner.
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City among 4 stops for helicopter shuttle
Shanghai Daily
Sep 20, 2012

SHANGHAI residents may be able to use helicopters to shuttle between neighboring cities under a plan released yesterday by a general aviation company.

The company wants to build an air traffic network for Yangtze River Delta cities with a stop in Shanghai's suburban Songjiang District.

It would cost about 2,000 yuan (US$317) per hour for a passenger to take a helicopter to any of the four stops in Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou and Shao-xing, said Lu Yong, chairman of the Ruohang General Aviation Group in Nanjing. A 15-minute sightseeing tour will cost about 800 yuan.

"We plan to build the Shanghai stop in Songjiang to avoid the busy flights at Shanghai's Hongqiao and Pudong international airports," Lu told Shanghai Daily yesterday. Final approval from China's civil aviation regulator is expected to take about a year, he added.

Two helipads have been built, in Nanjing and Suzhou, while the helipad in Shaoxing is under construction.

Lu said the site has been chosen for a helipad in Songjiang that will include a terminal building, aprons and gas stations. It is designed to be capable of handling more than 60 helicopters in the future. The helicopters will have a single engine with four to eight seats, according to the plan.

"It takes about two hours to shuttle between Yangtze River Delta cities by high speed railway, but only about 30 minutes to reach the nearby helipads from Shanghai by helicopter," Lu said.

Yangtze River Delta cities have few elevations, so it will be quite safe to take helicopters in the region, he added.

China is working to open low-altitude airspace to more general aviation aircraft like helicopters and private jets, according to Li Jiaxiang, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. A trial operation in southern Guangdong and central Hubei provinces will be expanded to northeast and south-central China this year and will cover the whole country in 2015, Li has said.

China's low-altitude airspace, below 1,000 meters, is controlled by the air force and the regulator.

"The cost of flying and the price will be lower if the authority loosens controls on low-altitude airspace in the future," Lu said.

A Shanghai hotel's plan to use sightseeing helicopters in the city's Bund area is being considered by the authority.
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Old September 22nd, 2012, 06:10 AM   #506
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Hongqiao Terminal 1 gets green makeover
Shanghai Daily
Sep 22, 2012

THE old terminal building of Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport, or Terminal 1, will be renovated to include a huge park so that visitors to the city will get a green welcome, the building designers said yesterday.

"Passengers coming out from the airport will first meet a major green area rather than lines of taxis or Metro stations," Liu Hung Chih, regional managing director of AECOM, the planning body for the building, said yesterday as the company established a partnership with Harvard University on urban planning.

"It will be a completely changed set-up, with budget hotels, shower rooms, more duty-free shops as well as Wi-Fi coverage," said Jin Dexiong, deputy director of the Shanghai Airport Authority.

The new terminal building will turn the airport, which is now a transportation hub, into a center for commerce and lifestyle. It will become a living room of urban environment rather than just an airport, according to Sean Chiao, executive vice president of AECOM China and a senior urban planner.

"It is a trend for future cities to make airports and railway stations also a source of pleasure for the public by combining them with parks and other functions," Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of Harvard's Graduate School of Design, told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

Students from the school will make urban blueprints for Xiamen in the southeast Fujian Province, Shenyang in the northeast Liaoning Province and Macau in three years in collaboration with the cities' urban planning authorities.

Mostafavi said that the new Hongqiao terminal building will be a good model for airports and railway stations across China.

The renovation work on Hongqiao's Terminal 1 building will be finished by 2015.

The terminal currently handles only 10 percent of passenger volume to the airport following the launch of Terminal 2 in 2010, according to the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission.

The new Hongqiao terminal, when it is fully revamped, will be able to handle a total of 15 million passengers per year, mainly from China, Japan and South Korea as well as those using low budget carriers, according to the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the Shanghai government.
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Training center for helicopter pilots opens
Shanghai Daily
Oct 19, 2012

SHANGHAI opened its first helicopter pilot training base in the Pudong New Area yesterday.

People can get a private license at the base at Gaodong Airport near Pudong International Airport after taking a month-long course that costs about 250,000 yuan (US$39,975), passing a physical test and an exam from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

It will take further training, around 150 hours in total, to get a business license that allows a holder to work for an airline.

"Shanghai has a huge market for private helicopters with a large number of billionaires and enthusiasts, but there is a shortage of pilots," said Wu Dan, general manager of Heli General Aviation, which received approval from the regulator yesterday to run the training base.

There is also a shortage of helicopter pilots for general aviation uses including agriculture, sightseeing and rescue work, said Zhang Hao, director of the safety inspection and management bureau under the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The number of civilian helicopters in China will grow 25 percent annually over the next five years and reach 2,100 units by 2020, by which time a total of 6,300 pilots will be required.

Air traffic control is no longer a major obstacle for the development of the city's helicopter industry, but the shortage of pilots is holding things back, said Li Qiyong, chairman of Shanghai Kingwing General Aviation, a helicopter operator.
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City airports rank as best in China
Shanghai Daily
Nov 1, 2012

SHANGHAI'S two airports ranked as the top two on the Chinese mainland based on customer satisfaction, an airport survey organized by a civil aviation website found.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport received high marks from travelers in the carnoc.com survey, which was based on the responses of 9,000 people.

Xiamen's Gaoqi airport in Fujian Province ranked third.

Nanning's Wuxu airport in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Changchun Longjia airport in northern China finished at the bottom of the survey of 28 airports.

Despite the overall praise of Shanghai's airports, passengers said improvements need to be made in terms of security checks and the arrangement of shops and restaurants.

"Improved business places, lower food prices, upgraded toilets and the availability of Wi-Fi pushed up the ranking of the airports," the Shanghai Airport Authority said.

Passengers said Shanghai's airports had sufficient parking spaces, good signage, along with clean toilets.

Xiamen's Gaoqi airport scored higher marks for its restaurants and shops compared to the Shanghai airports.

Some passengers said the Pudong and Hongqiao airports need a bigger variety of restaurants while adding that "some food is more expensive than downtown eateries."

Pudong and Hongqiao airports also lagged behind Gaoqi in the transport category. Frequent travelers said transport services at night are insufficient at Shanghai's airports.

Pudong airport is rated among the world's top 10 airports based on customer satisfaction, according to the Airport Council International (ACI) while Hongqiao is in the top 30. The two airports handled more than 70 million passengers last year.
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Air Mauritius to add one weekly flight to China's Shanghai

PORT-LOUIS, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Air Mauritius will add one more weekly flight to China's business hub Shanghai from Jan. 24, 2013, the national airline of Mauritius said in a statement on Friday, bringing to two weekly fights due to increased demand.

Both routes will carry connections to and from Reunion, Madagascar and South Africa, according to the statement.

Air Mauritius said the first flight to Shanghai, starting in July, 2011, has substantially stimulated demand from the Chinese market with a growth of 38.3 percent in the number of arrivals from China registered for the period from January to September 2012.

According to Tourism Minister Michael Sik Yuen, the number of Chinese tourists visited Mauritius between January and September of this year reached 15,430.

Air Mauritius added it will increase its capacity by 300 percent on this line using the A340. Maurice departures are scheduled on Thursdays at and Sundays while Shanghai departures are scheduled on Fridays and Mondays, respectively.
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Long waits on planes to be reduced
Shanghai Daily
Nov 22, 2012

AIRLINE passengers are expected to spend less time waiting for departure on board as the regional air traffic control authority and the airports operator are studying a computerized flight volume management system to replace the current manual sorting.

The system may be introduced as soon as year's end, said the Shanghai-based East China Air Traffic Management Bureau, the regional traffic supervisor.

The system is complex as "it included various pieces of information collected from airports, flights and air traffic control," a bureau official said.

The new method has been used as part of a trial in north China since August.

Computer sorting arranges the departure order within two hours of boarding time, which is expected to be useful during flight delays.

Air travelers complain that they have been asked by the airlines to board planes but remain on the ground during periods of flight delays. Airline companies then can show they met the scheduled departure time, which now is considered to be when passengers are aboard and the craft's door shut in preparation for leaving the gate.

While computerized system would have a suggested boarding time, airlines wouldn't be penalized if passengers stay in the terminal when there are flight delays they cannot control.

Using computer sorting, the flight order of planes that cannot leave on time, based on the suggested departure time, will be canceled and other flights will fill in.

"Of course the computers cannot replace the manual methods totally especially during emergencies like large-scale delays in bad weather," an air traffic official said. Also, boarding times are related to a terminal's size and gate location, which may challenge the new system, officials said.
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Pudong airport to swap terminals of 3 airlines
Shanghai Daily
Dec 6, 2012



THE check-in counters and gates of three air carriers - Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines and Juneyao Airlines - will switch terminals at Pudong International Airport as of December 18.

Spring and Juneyao airlines will move to Terminal 2 from the current Terminal 1 at 12am December 18, while Shanghai Airlines will be switched to Terminal 1 from 2 at the same time.

Any flights from the previous day that were delayed until December 18 will still use the former terminal buildings, the Shanghai Airport Authority said. The carriers said they will issue statements on the day and staffers will remind passengers of the switch.

Shuttle buses will operate between the two terminals for passengers who go to the wrong terminal. Airline crew members will also be deployed to assist passengers.

"The switch is mainly for construction to build the airport into an aviation hub," according to the website of China Eastern Airlines, which owns Shanghai Airlines. All the China Eastern flights have been at the Terminal 1.

Pudong airport is also building its fourth and fifth runways to help accommodate jumbo jets.

The move will make it more convenient for passenger to transfer to other flights, Juneyao Airlines said.

Passengers with questions can dial Pudong airport's hotline, 96990, or log onto www.shairport.com for more information and inquiries.
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Shanghai allows visa-free stay for transit travelers from 45 countries

SHANGHAI, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai will allow transit passengers from 45 countries to stay in the city for 72 hours without a visa, following a similar policy announced by Beijing.

The municipal authorities of Shanghai on Sunday said the visa-free transit policy was recently approved by the State Council, or the Cabinet. Shanghai has been offering free-visa transit stay for some countries' citizens, but only for 48 hours.

The countries on the list include the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, a number of European countries, among others.

Transit passengers can enter Shanghai through the city's two airports -- Hongqiao and Pudong after the policy goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, the authorities said.

The Beijing municipal government on Wednesday announced the 72-hour free-visa transit policy for citizens from 45 countries. The policy will also be enacted on Jan. 1, 2013.

Experts expect the move to help the Beijing Capital International Airport become an international air hub.

According to Gao Lijia, a general deputy manager with the Beijing airport, the new policy is estimated to bring 600,000 to 800,000 transit visitors in 2013 alone.

Officials have started talking about developing tours and services to serve the influx of transit air passengers which include more duty-free shops at the Beijing airport.
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Air Mauritius to add one weekly flight to China's Shanghai

PORT-LOUIS, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Air Mauritius will add one more weekly flight to China's business hub Shanghai from Jan. 24, 2013, the national airline of Mauritius said in a statement on Friday, bringing to two weekly fights due to increased demand.

Both routes will carry connections to and from Reunion, Madagascar and South Africa, according to the statement.

Air Mauritius said the first flight to Shanghai, starting in July, 2011, has substantially stimulated demand from the Chinese market with a growth of 38.3 percent in the number of arrivals from China registered for the period from January to September 2012.

According to Tourism Minister Michael Sik Yuen, the number of Chinese tourists visited Mauritius between January and September of this year reached 15,430.

Air Mauritius added it will increase its capacity by 300 percent on this line using the A340. Maurice departures are scheduled on Thursdays at and Sundays while Shanghai departures are scheduled on Fridays and Mondays, respectively.
is a weekly service really viable? What about the crew? do they stay back for the whole week before flying again?
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is a weekly service really viable? What about the crew? do they stay back for the whole week before flying again?
The route rosters are likely confidential but I'm guessing the first crew gets to ride in the rest area on the return flight without being on duty.
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Hongqiao airport food ranked 15th in world
Shanghai Daily
Dec 11, 2012

SHANGHAI'S Hongqiao International Airport ranks 15th in restaurants and food service among airports worldwide, up from 16th last year, according to a customer satisfaction survey in the third quarter released yesterday by the Airport Council International (ACI).

Some passengers still complain, however, that the Hongqiao airport needs a bigger variety of restaurants, saying that some food is still more expensive than in downtown eateries despite improvements in the past year.

The airport, the city's major hub for domestic flights, was criticized in the past for high food prices - in one case a bowl of noodles cost more than 50 yuan (US$8).

The operator, the Shanghai Airport Authority, has signed agreements with business owners to lower food prices after reducing the rent.

"Improved restaurants, lower food prices, upgraded toilets and the availability of Wi-Fi pushed the ranking forward," one airport official said yesterday.

ACI's survey found customers were happy to see the changes. The ACI ranking is considered the key performance indicator of airports' service.

Some travelers, however, said yesterday that they still expect better.

"The types of foods lag behind," said a traveler, surnamed Bao. In comparison, travelers have more choices and a public space for eating at the Hong Kong airport, Bao said.

Officials said Hongqiao airport mainly relies on major national and international chain stores with some other popular brands that target different customers.

Many Christmas-related business promotions and discounts will be introduced soon at the airport, the airport authority said.

"Santa Claus will deliver coupons and small gifts to air travelers from December 18 to 26," the authority said. Such promotions are common during festivals and holidays.

The Hongqiao airport is in the world's top 30 airports based on customer satisfaction, according to the ACI, while Pudong International Airport rated among the world's top 10 airports. The two airports handled more than 70 million passengers last year.

Shanghai's two airports ranked as the top two on the Chinese mainland based on customer satisfaction, said a recent airport survey organized by a China civil aviation website.

Passengers said Shanghai's airports had sufficient parking spaces, good signage, along with clean toilets.
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Can't be worse than Pudong's....
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