Five of the oneworld member airlines serving Shanghai Pudong are to co-locate in the airport’s new Terminal 2 in a series of moves starting next week. British Airways and Qantas will transfer to the new facility when it first opens on Wednesday (26 March). Cathay Pacific and its sister Dragonair, along with Finnair, will follow on 29 April.
American Airlines intends to move to Terminal 2 later but will remain in Terminal 1 for now, alongside fellow oneworld member Japan Airlines and their code-share partner China Eastern which will also stay there.
Cathay Pacific and Dragonair will announce details of their new lounge facility in Terminal 2 ahead of their move there. Located airside opposite gate D68, this will be available to Emerald and Sapphire tier cardholders in any oneworld airline frequent flyer programme when flying on any oneworld airline from the terminal, and also to First and Business Class passengers flying on any oneworld airline from the terminal.
Until this new Dragonair/Cathay Pacific lounge opens, premium passengers flying on British Airways or Qantas will be offered the use of the airport’s general premium passenger lounge, also conveniently located in the in the central area of the departure hall.
Japan Airlines will continue to use its own lounge in Terminal 1, and American Airlines will offer its premium passengers the common-use lounge there, although Emerald and Sapphire tier cardholders in any oneworld airline frequent flyer programme flying with American can choose to use the JAL facility there.
Once the airline moves have been completed, Shanghai Pudong’s airport operator will refurbish Terminal 1, to bring it up to comparable standards to Terminal 2.
oneworld airlines offer almost 200 flights a week between them from Shanghai Pudong. Cathay Pacific and Dragonair operate 112 of them, all to their Hong Kong hub, with 15 a day by Dragonair and one daily by Cathay Pacific. Japan Airlines flies from the airport 56 times a week, with four dailies to Tokyo Narita, two a day to Osaka Kansai and daily flights to both Fukuoka and Nagoya. (Japan Airlines also operates daily flights between Shanghai’s other airport, Hongquao, and Tokyo Haneda.) From Pudong, American Airlines, Finnair and Qantas all operate daily departures – to Chicago O’Hare, Helsinki and Sydney respectively. Qantas also offers two flights a week to Melbourne. British Airways operates five a week to London Heathrow.
The changes at Shanghai Pudong come as oneworld carriers at Beijing all also co-locate, into the new Terminal 3 at the Chinese capital. British Airways and Qantas moved into the new facility last month, with Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Finnair and Japan Airlines following also next Wednesday (26 March).
The following day (Thursday, 27 March) British Airways starts its move into its new Terminal 5 home at London Heathrow in the first of a series of moves that will see the alliance’s carriers at its main European hub consolidate operations from across all four of its existing terminals into just two.