Passenger Turnover Increases as More International Routes Opened
Due to the launch of more international routes, turnover of international travelers at the Shenzhen international airport has increased by 43 percent or 793,000 for the first six months. Once the new terminal was placed into operation at the end of 2013, the airport opened eight international routes and increased the number of flights on some of the international routes. And in the past two weeks, China Southern Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines opened routes to Osaka and Ibaraki in Japan and brought the number of destinations to foreign countries to fourteen.
Shenzhen airport now operates flights to eight countries namely Africa, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. Last Spring Festival chartered flights to Egypt also opened up. This year the airport will open international routes to Europe and North America and will consolidate routes to Asian Countries before the year ends. The airport also opened 30 waiting halls in eight cities and opened 20 more bus routes that will link Dongguan, Zhuhai, Huizhou, Zhongshan, Hong Kong, Heyuan and Macao. Intervals of bus services between Hong Kong and Shenzhen are shortened to 15 minutes. Shenzhen airport also extended customs services to 19 hours a day in hopes to encourage airline companies to open more international routes.
Authorities in the airport also reminding travelers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before traveling to give enough time to pass through check-in, security checks and boarding as the daily turnover of passengers ahs hit 110,000. The number increase during summer travel season and last July the airport handled more than 3 million passengers showing an increase of 8.3 percent compared to the same period last year.