Airport to Add Four New Transcontinental Routes to Meet Demand of Travelers
For 2015 Shenzhen International Airport will be adding four transcontinental flights to North America and Europe to meet the increase in demand of international travelers. During a meet that marked the first year anniversary of the opening of the new airport terminal, the vice manager for airport aviation department Long Qiang stated that the planned routes will be for Berlin, Portland via Beijing and direct flights to San Francisco and Frankfurt. To make sure that the flights get opened that airport will be extending its services to 24 hours.
Recent study showed that international passengers account for 5 percent of total passengers at the airport, although Shenzhen added five international routes last year it was mostly for Southeast Asian countries, Korea and Japan. Even if the expansion of its international routes is a little bit slow since the city is located near Hong Kong and international travel hub and with Guangzhou the headquarters for China Southern Airlines.
Passenger turnover will hit 36 million in 2014 and is expected to hit 45 million in 2017 giving terminal C its full capacity. Based on the airport long term plans that has been handed to the government for approval will ask for permission to start construction of a third runway in 2016 and another runway in 2020 on Terminal D that will have a passenger capacity of 10 million passengers a year. The third runway will be fully operational in 2018 with a satellite hall in Terminal C with a passenger turnover of 8 million passengers a year.