Zhongxin Wanghai, March 3 (Reporter Li Jiajia) On March 26, the first day of the 3 China Civil Aviation Summer and Autumn Season, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport International, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan routes resumed. At 26:2023 on the same day, MU8 successfully departed from Hongqiao Airport to Hong Kong, becoming the first flight to resume flights between Hongqiao Airport and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

During the new season, Shanghai Pudong and Hongqiao airports plan to carry out 2225,1449 daily flights (including 776,2019 flights at Pudong Airport and 118 flights at Hongqiao Airport), with China's domestic flights recovering to 5.2019% of the same period in 62 and international, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan flights recovering to 4.92% of the same period in 42. A total of 79 airlines operate flights to 11 destinations in 7 countries, and 12 international destinations are expected to be restored, including Boston in the United States, Munich in Germany, Milan in Italy, Jakarta and Bali in Indonesia, and Jeju in South Korea. In terms of the two domestic routes, it is expected to add <> waypoints including Ezhou, Hechi and Hefei, and <> waypoints including Chengdu, Guiyang and Lijiang.

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport international, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan routes resumed. Photo by Yin Liqin

Pudong Airport will have more than 200 daily international, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan passenger flights at the beginning of the season change, an increase of one-third compared with before the change of season. There are more than 30 intercontinental routes, and the number of intercontinental destinations has recovered to 2019% of the same period in 10. Among them, 1 intercontinental routes such as Sydney in Australia, Auckland in New Zealand, Frankfurt in Germany, Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia will resume to at least one flight per day, and the frequency of Southeast Asia and Japan and South Korea will also show rapid growth.

Tang Huchen, deputy general manager of Hongqiao Airport's flight area, said that Hongqiao Airport plans to carry out 314 international, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan flights per week during the new season, an increase of 2019 flights compared with the same period in 22. Among them, Tokyo Haneda and Seoul Gimpo each have 56 flights per week, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok 78 times a week, Macau 72 flights per week, and Taipei Songshan 52 times a week, operated by 11 airlines respectively.

The accessibility of China's domestic route network has been further improved. After the change of season, the frequency of the three boutique express lines of Beijing-Shanghai, Shanghai-Guangzhou and Shanghai-Shenzhen of Hongqiao Airport ranked among the top three in the country. Hongqiao Airport also further encrypts important express lines such as Xi'an, Chengdu, Kunming and Urumqi.

In order to ensure the smooth resumption of flights, Hongqiao Airport Customs under Shanghai Customs has also made all-round preparations. Photo by Yin Liqin

With the recovery of passenger traffic, Hongqiao Airport has actively adjusted its business strategy to provide passengers with a higher quality commercial dining experience through the resumption of old stores, the introduction of new brands, commercial promotions and other measures. Zhang Yaoguo, general manager of the commercial operation department of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Terminal Area, told reporters that at present, there are more than 140 commercial stores opened at Hongqiao Airport, basically recovering to the same period in 2019. In addition to the opening of Sunrise Duty Free Shop and Xiangxuehai in the international, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan departure areas of Hongqiao Airport Terminal 1, duty-free shops in the arrival area are also opened at the same time, which is convenient for inbound passengers to purchase. At the same time, a number of new stores of international brands have settled in Terminal 2, including high-end brands Loro Piana, Burberry, the world's first airport boutique of Italian dessert store COVA, the first store of CELINE National Airport, and the first store of Weekend Maxmara National Airport.

In terms of dining, shops such as Wagas, Portuguese Zhenxuan, Xinwang Tea Restaurant and Chajia in Terminal 1 of Hongqiao Airport, as well as the newly introduced Soviet-style noodle restaurant Songhe Tower and ice cream brand DQ in Terminal 2 will bring more dining options to passengers. From March 3 to April 26, Hongqiao Airport also launched the "Meet the World Again" commercial promotion activity in Terminal 4, where passengers can receive a 10% discount coupon for Sunrise Duty Free Shop for free by scanning the QR code on site.

It is reported that in order to ensure the smooth resumption of flights, Hongqiao Airport Customs under Shanghai Customs has also made all-round preparations. Zhou Qi, head of the customs business monitoring section of Hongqiao Airport, said that the customs set up a special working group to accelerate the joint adjustment of supervision equipment transformation, participate in the comprehensive simulation exercise of Hongqiao Airport resumption of flights, and organize multiple flight resumption stress tests. At the same time, the Customs also focuses on strengthening scientific and technological empowerment, timely launching scientific and technological means such as "smart card review" and "one-code pass", applying the "advanced machine inspection" mode, and integrating digital management through the whole process of supervision of passengers and luggage, and further improving customs clearance efficiency on the basis of guarding the safety of the country.

On the same day, MU721 successfully departed from Hongqiao Airport to Hong Kong, becoming the first flight of Hongqiao Airport International, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan routes to resume. Photo by Yin Liqin

After receiving the task of resuming flights at the beginning of this year, the Hongqiao Border Inspection Station of Shanghai Border Inspection Station immediately formulated an overall promotion plan for the resumption of flights, visited Hongqiao Airport Company and various joint inspection units at the port, and jointly promoted the establishment of a coordination mechanism for the resumption of flights at ports. Huang Xiaoyu, Operation Director of the Foreign Aviation Service Center of the Ground Service Department of China Eastern Airlines, said that China Eastern Airlines confirmed the declaration process and disembarkation requirements with the customs in advance, trained the entry and exit customs declaration to fill in the entry-exit customs declaration, and placed the declaration QR code on the counter in advance to facilitate passengers to improve the efficiency of filling out. The second is to confirm with the border inspection in advance and sort out the entry and exit policies of each route after resumption of flights to ensure efficient and compliant service guarantees. The third is to organize staff to complete the on-site stepping work of the pick-up and drop-off and departure processes at the remote pick-up and drop-off at the port in batches, and at the same time cooperate with various units to carry out various drills to ensure smooth and orderly follow-up operation. The fourth is to agree with the airport on the latest flight broadcast words, and re-enter the broadcast words in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean in advance according to the adjusted boarding order and boarding object.

In addition, in terms of hardware, China Eastern Airlines worked closely with the airport to complete the testing of all check-in counter and gate equipment and facilities, as well as the maintenance of security baggage screening machines and oversized baggage inspection machines, as well as the update of aviation displays and guidance signs. At the same time, do a good job in the route planning of passenger queuing areas to ensure efficient diversion of passengers and provide efficient check-in procedures for passengers. In addition, it also reasonably planned manpower allocation support resources in advance, and organized on-site support personnel to complete relevant training to ensure the smooth progress of the resumption of flights. (End)