Airport hosts performances, beefs up security for holiday
Hongqiao airport is hosting cultural performances in its terminal buildings during the National Day holiday, while also rolling out stricter security checks.
Performers from Shanghai and neighboring Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces staged the first round of shows at the airport's T2 terminal on Monday.
They included patriotic songs and traditional dances, as well as examples of cultural heritage such as gong-and-drum performers from Yuepu Town in Baoshan District and local dock workers' songs.
The airport is expected to handle about 860,000 travelers during the seven-day holiday, about 1 percent more than last year. Most outbound passengers will depart from the airport on October 1 and fly back on October 5 and 6.
The airport is expected to receive upwards of 130,000 daily travelers on peak days.
To ensure safety, the Hongqiao airport has beefed up its security check measures from Saturday through Wednesday.
Passengers are suggested to allow additional time before takeoff and simplify their luggage. All electronic devices and portable chargers must be removed from carry-on baggage for manual inspections.
The airport authority will open 18 security check channels with paperless procedures at the T1 and T2 terminals. More taxis will be deployed to the terminals to collect passengers from late flights.
The airport has been adorned with over 300 national flags, 200 posters and new greenery to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Over 6,000 small national flags have been prepared to present to travelers free during the holiday.