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Pudong Int'l Airport Upping Its Game, Adding New, Huge Satellite Terminal

By Sep 10, 2019 Travel

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Holy Moly! As if it wasn't big enough, Pudong International Airport is unveiling a sparkling new satellite terminal next week. At 620,000sqm, it's reportedly the world’s largest satellite terminal building, with 90 boarding gates and 83 jet bridges. The H-shaped facility is set to become fully operational on Monday September 16, after nearly four years in development. But will it do anything for flight delays?

Probably! Although according to Shine, Pudong Int'l Airport rates an 82.73% for average flight punctuality, while the OAG's 2019 Punctuality League report, which covers these sorts of things, states the average for large airports worldwide was 81.9%. Either way, S1/S2 has a lot of new boarding gates and a lot of new jet bridges, which means a lot less flights will need buses to ferry passengers out to the waiting aircraft. 90% of passengers will be able to board directly from the terminal building. Currently it's about 50%.

Everything to do with check-in is still taking place in the old T1 and T2. If there’s a ‘G’ or ‘H’ on your boarding pass, you're boarding at the satellite (S1 or S2) terminals. Get on the purpose-built metro after the security check and it’ll take you there within two and a half minutes. Those run every five minutes. For those arriving at the new facility, hop on the shuttle to get back to T1 or T2 for immigration, luggage claim, etc.

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