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Shenzhen airport gets set to open massive new terminal

Posted: 08/19/2013 10:00 am

Shenzhen International Airport carried out a “relocation drill” Friday in preparation for the opening of its new Terminal C on November 14, the biggest upgrade to the airport since its opening 22 years ago.

The new terminal will be nearly triple the size of current terminals A and B combined, and will have double the number of counters. Fifty-eight new boarding gates will also be included, covering a total area of 450,000 square metres. By comparison, Heathrow’s main Terminal 5 building covers just 300,000 square metres.

“The new three-level Terminal C was designed by Italian-based firm Fuksas Architects, and incorporates a patterned double skin canopy of steel and glass that allows patterned light into the building, reduces energy consumption by shielding the space from excessive solar heat and also allows mechanical systems to be hidden,” Shenzhen Daily said in a report earlier this week.

The Daily added: “The terminal has a large check-in building with a wing-like roof on one side of a cross structure. The grand departure hall resembles a large manta ray enveloping the passengers. The hall will be bright with light diffused through the double skin and contains information desks, a car rental area, and airline check-in counters.”

Forty-five million passengers are expected to pass through the airport each year by 2020, up from just 29 million in 2012.

The new terminal will be welcomed by Shenzhen citizens and travellers who regularly pass through the major international transport hub. China is a country infamous for its flight delays, with only 18.3 percent of flights departing from Beijing Capital International Airport leaving on time in June, according to statistics.

Meanwhile, a report this week showed that air service complaints in Shenzhen are on the rise, with many passengers still filing official complaints over flight delays and cancellations.

Earlier this year, The Nanfang picked up a report on a series of bomb hoaxes that affected Shenzhen airport. This week, the man charged with the false threats, identified as Wang Hongliang, 26, from Inner Mongolia, has been standing trial at Bao’an People’s Court.

Last week, a former Yunnan Province official was sentenced to six months in prison for his public display of anger at an airport February.

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Check that: Shenzhen metro won’t create VIP compartments, just “special” ones

Posted: 07/9/2012 12:55 pm

The Hong Kong Airport Express train

The Shenzhen Metro found itself in a firestorm last week after it was announced it would include VIP cars on trains operating on the new Metr Line 11, which will connect Qianhai with Bao’an Airport.

The Nanfang reported on Saturday:

While not common, first-class public transport trains do exist.  The most notable is next door in Hong Kong, where the East Rail Line connecting Lo Wu with Hung Hom features first class compartments.  Like Shenzhen’s plans, the first class car is roughly double the cost of other train compartments.

No word on what features the first class compartments in Shenzhen will have to justify the added cost.  However, it appears it will, at the very least, guarantee the ticket-holder a seat.  That’s better than in Hong Kong, where first class passengers have to stand if all seats are full.

Shenzhen’s plans were roundly criticized online, with a survey conducted by Sina showing 65% of respondents think setting up VIP compartments is inappropriate.

Shenzhen Metro has since responded with a kinda, sorta, not-really clarification: the compartments won’t be VIP compartments, just “special” ones. From the China Daily:

Chen Qi, deputy manager of the operating company of the Shenzhen Metro, said that that the company is not planning to set up VIP compartments but what they call “special compartments”.

“Line 11 is from downtown to the airport, like an airport express, so it won’t be very crowded,” he said.

“Trains for that line will have eight compartments, instead of six, so we plan to make two compartments special, on which we won’t sell standing tickets. This is to meet the demands of high-end customers,” he said.

This is pretty much exactly what was reported previously, so I’m not sure where the “clarification” comes in.  It is, however, interesting to note that Chen mentioned Hong Kong as a comparable.  Hong Kong indeed does have a special link to the airport, but it doesn’t have special compartments.

Nonetheless, we expect weary and jet-lagged travelers with heavy bags to pony up the extra fen for a seat on the new line 11 when it opens in 2016, no matter what the compartments are called.

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