Zhuhai’s international airport is about to get a major upgrade. The city will spend RMB4.8 billion over the next eight years to expand capacity by adding a second terminal and other facilities. By 2027, it will be able to handle 198,000 flights, 27.5 million passengers and 104,000 tons of cargo and mail annually.
The new capacity, which includes 25 new parking stands, is called for in response to surging passenger throughput, which reached 11.22 million last year. The current terminal has a designed capability of 12 million.
Construction on the 190,000-sqm seabird-shaped Terminal II is to begin this year. It will integrate transport functions with culture, science, and technology, while highlighting intelligent and green concepts, according to China Daily.
A special feature will be a Transfer Hall where outbound travelers may check in, register luggage, and go through security through an airside concourse. This is so that “bonded” passengers can access the airport on special transport after they have cleared immigration facilities somewhere else. For example, passengers arriving on flights that wish to transfer to bonded buses heading across the HZMB to the Hong Kong International Airport, or vice-versa, would be able to use this facility. They would not need to go through immigration twice.
Meanwhile, inbound travelers can access the taxi waiting area, coach terminal, private vehicle parking lot, and rail transit transfer hall from the Arrival Hall on the first floor of Terminal II. Most will likely be taking the Hi-speed Railway, which will be linked up to the airport under its current plan by 2026.
A round of infrastructure construction has been initiated to position Zhuhai as a prominent transport hub on the west side of the Greater Bay Area. We will be publishing an overview of the city in the coming few days to explain how Zhuhai is speeding up its urbanization process.