Hongqiao Airport, also kwon as Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (IATA: SHA, ICAO: ZSSS) 上海虹桥国际机场 is the main airport serving internal flights to/from Shanghai. The airport was first built in 1907 as a small military airfield and became the airport for mixed civilian use in 1923. Hongqiao Airport was served as primary airport in Shanghai until the completion of a new international airport located at Pudong in 1999.
Shanghai Hongqioa Airport is located in Changning District, which is 13 kilometres west of downtown Shanghai. Compare with the Pudong International Airport, Shanghai's main international airport serving international flights, the Hongqiao Aiport is much closer to the city center.
Shanghai Hongqiao Internationl Airport is the hub for the 22 airlines serving 82 scheduled passenger destinations. The Airport is the 4th busiest airport of China and the 41st busiest in the world. The airport is also 5th busiest airport in terms of cargo traffic of China.
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport has two main passenger terminals and it is the main hub for China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Air China, Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines.In sum, Hongqiao Airport hosted 87 airlines serving 194 destinations. The Airport is also as an Asian-Pacific cargo hub for both UPS and DHL.
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Terminal 1 & Terminal 2
There are 2 terminals at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. Terminal 1 host international flights and Spring Airlines. Terminal 2 completed in 2010 to meet the traffic of Shanghai Expo and it is four times the size of Terminal 1, housing 90 percent of all airlines at the airport.
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport transportation
- Metro Shanghai Line 2 & Line 10
Shanghai Metro Line 2 and Line 10 link the two terminals of Hongqiao Airport to the city center as well as Pudong Airport. Passengers can use these two subway to Hongqiao Railway Station, Yuyuan Garden, Jing'an Temple, People's Square, Nanjing East Road, Lujiazui, Longyang Road and Pudong International Airport directly from Hongqiao Airport. Subway station is in basement of the terminal building. Tips: Passengers, who take subway Line 2, have to get off at Guanglan Road Subway Station from a 8-car train and change to a 4-car train to go on to Pudong Airport.
- Shanghai Airport Bus
Terminal 1: Bus 925, 941, 938, 807, 806 and 941
Terminal 2: Shuniu Line 4, Shuniu Line 9, Airport Bus Line 1 and 941 at daytime; night lines are 316 and 320.
- Hongqiao Airport Taxi
The taxi fare from Hongqiao International Airport to People's Square in the city center is approximately CNY60 and it takes about half an hour. A taxi from Hongqiao International Airport to Xujiahui, a bustling commercial area in Xuhui District, costs about CNY 40-50 and takes 20 minutes.
Taxi Pick-up point:
Terminal 1: Exit of the Arrival Hall
Terminal 2: south side of Gate 4, Arrival Hall