Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG, ICAO: ZSPD) is one of two international airports of Shanghai and a major aviation hub of China. Pudong Airport mainly serves international flights, while the city's other major airport Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport mainly serves domestic and regional flights. Located about 30 kilometres east of the city center, Pudong Airport occupies a 40-square-kilometre site adjacent to the coastline in eastern Pudong. The airport is operated by Shanghai Airport Authority.
The airport is the main hub for China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines, and a major international hub for Air China, as well as secondary hub of China Southern Airlines. It is also the hub for privately owned Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines, and an Asia-Pacific cargo hub for UPS and DHL. The DHL hub, opened in July 2012, is said to be the biggest express hub in Asia.
Pudong Airport has two main passenger terminals, flanked on both sides by four operational parallel runways. A third passenger terminal has been planned since 2015, in addition to a satellite terminal and two additional runways, which will raise its annual capacity from 60 million passengers to 80 million, along with the ability to handle six million tons of freight.
Pudong Airport is a fast-growing hub for both passenger and cargo traffic. With 3,703,431 metric tons handled in 2017, the airport is the world's third-busiest airport by cargo traffic. Pudong Airport also served a total of 70,001,237 passengers in 2017, making it the second-busiest airport in China, fifth-busiest in Asia, and the ninth-busiest in the world. It is also the busiest international gateway of mainland China, with 35.25 million international passengers. By the end of 2016, Pudong Airport hosted 104 airlines serving more than 210 destinations.
Shanghai Pudong is the busiest international hub of China, and about half of its total passenger traffic is international. Pudong Airport is connected to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport by Shanghai Metro Line 2 and the Shanghai Maglev Train via Pudong International Airport Station. There are also airport buses connecting it with the rest of the city.
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2 - Spotting Guide
My experience is as of April 2016 :
Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG, ICAO: ZSPD) is one of two international airports of Shanghai and a major aviation hub of China.
Location : It does not have a specific place for spotter, so I took pictures only inside the terminal 2, Because it was easier when we flying with suitcases :
View of the apron through the windows of "Check in aera" terminal 2
View of the apron & runways through the windows of "Transit aera" terminal 2
Authrization : Not required
Security : As usual, no problem, if we're discreet and if the rules of the country are respected
Weather : Spring and autumn as good periods to spotting, so around March to May (but the heat haze can be a problem) and from September to October (But the risk for smog seems higher in autumn) ; from June to August is not recommend due to records the highest amount of precipitation.
Time / Light : Inside terminal 2 the light conditions are good from 1:30 PM until sunset.
Traffic : is not dependent from season
Car : Not required for the spots above
You can get an idea of the views if you see below at my planespotting gallery : http://jalbum.net/a/1796991
3 - Planespotting Gallery
Pictures # 2016 of Stéphane Christeler
View links : http://jalbum.net/a/1796991
4 - Flight Report
HK247 PVG-HKG A330 Eco (04.2016)
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