In the race to have the world's biggest everything, Shanghai has helped China gain the title of having the world's largest satellite terminal at 622,000sqm, opened just this Monday on 16 September. Business Traveller
reports that construction began in December 2015 and the satellite terminal is part of the third phase of the airport’s expansion.
Located at the south of existing terminals T1 and T2, the new structure houses two terminals of its own, S1 and S2, which provide departure, arrival and transfer services. With 83 jet bridges and 90 boarding gates, there’s less need for ferry buses, as planes situated at the bridges can switch between international and domestic flights without moving to another boarding gate, lowering fuel consumption by about 1,623 tonnes a year. Still, passengers will have to complete check-in procedures at T1 or T2 before boarding at the satellite terminals, accessible via the Mass Rapid Transit, which takes about 2.5 minutes. Although S1 and S2 are linked via a corridor, it’s unclear when it’ll open for passage.
S1 is connected to T1 and serves flights by SkyTeam Airlines including China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines, while S2 is connected to T2 and serves Star Alliance and Oneworld airlines like China Southern Airline and Air China.
With the addition of these terminals, Shanghai Pudong Airport will be able to house up to 80 million passengers annually, compared to the 74 million recorded in 2018. Also, the terminals fit 159 merchants: 100 commercial shops, 55 restaurants and four banking outlets. In the future, there will also be a 10,000sqm duty-free store. With so many shops and new spaces to explore, you'll have plenty of cool stuff to do during your next layover.