Nanjing airport to open new terminal

11 Jul 2014

Nanjing Lukou International airport's Terminal 2 is scheduled to open at midnight on July 12, following a three-day trial run. The current Terminal 1 will immediately cease operation, and will be under refurbishment for two years.

The new 260,000sqm terminal is twice as large as the original, with 35 aircraft bays and 20 parking areas. A new runway will become operational, located 2,000 metres south of the the existing runway. At 3,600 metres long and 60 metres wide, the new runway will be able to accommodate wide-bodied aircraft such as the A380 and B747-8.

Floors one and two are dedicated to arrivals, while departures is situated on level three. There are 112 check-in counters in total - 40 for international departures and 72 for domestic flights, plus a selection of self-check-in kiosks. Previously, passengers in Terminal 1 had to be processed through a luggage security scan before check-in, however in the new terminal, airport staff will handle this after passengers have checked in. 

Restaurants, shops and entertainment options will be located on the fourth floor, occupying a space of 10,000 sqm. Food and beverage brands include McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks and Costa.  There are shops from Boss, Bally, 1436 and Erdos. An 800sqm 7D cinema - with effects such as vibrations, wind, spray and snowflakes - and a foot massage shop are some of the more unusal offerings for passengers to enjoy. Wifi service is available throughout the whole facility.


There are nine luggage carousels, with six for domestic flights and three for international.


A total of 18 million passengers are expected to use the terminal each year. It is estimated that by 2020 this number will reach 30 million, with 260,000 commercial and 6,200 cargo flights taking off and landing each year.


Connected to Terminal 2 is a 114,560sqm “Transport Centre”. There are 11 levels in the multi-functional building – a metro station on the first and second lower ground floor; a long-distance bus station to cities such as Suzhou and Hefei on level one, and a Pullman Hotel occupying floors two to nine, with 300 rooms for guests. The hotel will open later this year.

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Valerian Ho

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