The Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) in China is reportedly planning to construct a new terminal building to address the growing air travel demands.

The construction of the new T3 terminal marks the fourth phase of the expansion project at the airport, reported Shine.

T3 is anticipated to serve 50 million passengers per year. The expansion is aimed at meeting the city’s aim of becoming the top shipping and air transport centre in the world by 2025.

Shanghai Airport Authority vice-president Zhou Junlong stated that the terminal building will cover nearly 1.19 million square meters in the south of the S1 and S2 satellite terminal.

A new 1.03-million-square-meter transport centre will also be constructed and attached to the T3 terminal building, enabling passengers to transfer to public transports and to catch flights.

Upon completion of the new terminal, the Pudong and Hongqiao (SHA) airports are expected to handle more than 130 million travellers per year and around 4.1 million tonnes of air cargo by 2025, according to the report.

Zhou Junlong was quoted as saying: “The T3 terminal will set a standard for large domestic airports on the capacity for international travellers as well as the number of aircraft stands for direct boarding and transferring.”

In 2019, the airport authority completed the third phase of the expansion project, which involved the construction of a new 620,000m² satellite terminal.

The H-shaped terminal features two sections, S1 and S2, covering a combined area of 622,000m².  These sections are connected to T1 and T2 terminals through an underground subway.

Once operational, the new satellite terminal will have the capacity to handle 80 million passengers annually.

Operating since 1999, the Pudong airport serves major airline operators and is claimed to be the prime hub for China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Air China.