Located on the eastern coast of Pudong, approximately 30km (19 miles) east of central Shanghai, Shanghai Pudong International is one of Asia’s main aerial hubs. In 2010 it handled 40.6 million passengers, making it the third-busiest airport in China and the 20th busiest in the world.
Shanghai Pudong consists of two passenger terminals, flanked on either side by three parallel runways, with the Maglev Railway Station located at the centre of the complex. Inside the terminals, you’ll find a fair variety of services and facilities, in addition to a number of upmarket retail and duty free stores.
A range of renovations are planned: by 2015 a third passenger terminal, satellite terminal, and two more runways will be built, the result of which will increase the airport’s handling capacity from 60 to 80 million passengers per year.
Like most major international hubs, Shanghai Pudong can get chaotic during peak hours. Not all staff are bilingual; however, they are generally friendly and helpful. Overall, the airport is clean, efficient and reasonably modern.