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Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) recently won the 2012 China's Best Cargo Airport Award at the ninth China Air Cargo Summit held in Guangzhou from Nov 13 to 15. The summit was hosted jointly by the China Civil Airports Association and WellResources Consulting Company. It was attended by over 300 representatives from 40 airports, 50 domestic and international airlines, relevant government agencies and international organizations.
After 10 years of construction, PVG has built itself into an international cargo hub. Its annual cargo and mail throughput saw the fastest growth across the Asia-Pacific region, surging from 635,000 tons in 2002 to 3.1 million tons in 2011. It has been ranked third globally for four consecutive years. At present, it has three runways, two terminal buildings, three cargo terminals, and three international transfer centers, as well as a comprehensive free trade zone with an annual freight handling capacity of 4.2 million tons. What's more, there are 21 all-freight airlines flying in and out of PVG; 31 airlines operate cargo charter flights to the airport. It is said that 58 percent of the international and regional cargo and mail in China, valued at $120 billion, are transported via PVG.
FedEx announced it will establish a new international express and cargo hub at PVG on Oct 25. Along with the hubs set up earlier by United Parcel Service and DHL Express, PVG will be the first airport worldwide to attract all three international logistics giants. In addition, China Cargo Airlines Limited, Air China Cargo, and other major domestic airlines such as China Southern Airlines have put over 80 percent of their cargo capacity in PVG. The efforts will continue to improve PVG's cargo handling capacity, boost its freight volume, and help build Shanghai into an air cargo hub.
The 12th Five-Year Plan period is crucial for the construction of Shanghai as an aviation hub. During this period, passenger throughput at Shanghai airports is expected to reach up to 90-100 million, while cargo and mail turnover volume will reach somewhere between 5 million and 5.5 million tons.
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