Underground subway to link Pudong Airport's satellite terminal, opening June 2019

An underground subway to link a new satellite terminal at the Pudong International Airport will begin operation in June 2019.
Ti Gong

The H-shape satellite terminal building at Pudong airport, which is said to be the world's largest, is scheduled to open in 2019.

An underground subway linking to a new satellite terminal at Pudong International Airport will begin operation in June 2019, the city’s major engineering designing body said today.

According to the plan, the west line will link Terminal 1 with Satellite 1 and the east line will connect T2 and S2 at Pudong airport.

The subway train will be A-type, the same as those operating on the city's Metro system, while noise will be reduced for the airport's operation, the Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute (Group) Co. said.

Passengers will be able to board their aircraft right after getting off the subway train without having to take another security check, a designer for the subway with the institute said. It will take only four minutes for passengers to reach the boarding gate at the satellite terminal from the security check at either of the existing terminal buildings, he added.

Construction has begun on the H-shaped satellite terminal building, which is said to be the world's largest. It is scheduled to open in 2019.

S1 will mainly serve China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines and other SkyTeam carriers, while the other part of the terminal building will serve Air China, China Southern and other Star Alliance airlines.

With 83 departure gates and about 120 new parking spaces for aircraft, the third terminal will cover a total area of 620,000 square meters — larger than the 490,000-square-meter T2 building.

Passengers will check in at one of the two existing terminal buildings and then take the subway to get to the new facility. The subway train will have an interval of about two minutes and will be run around the clock.

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