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Chongqing airport terminal 3 opens  
29 Aug2017
Tuesday
With multiple first and best for Chinese airports, Chongqing Airport terminal 3 starts operation at 6am on August 29th 2017. All international flights are moved to the new terminal. Domestic flights are moved there except that Sichuan Airlines , China West Airlines , China Express Airlines, and China Spring Airlines stay in the terminal 2. There are shuttle bus service between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. There are 24x7 one stop custom clearance for international flights together with international railways , water ports , and highways.

Terminal 3 employs the most advanced and accurate airport systems in China , one-stop self boarding card and the first self luggage  checkin in China ,  the 99.5% accuracy luggage RFID tracking systems and the first and most accurate in China , self car directing and tracking for over 5,000 parking spaces,  facial  recognition 10 seconds custom passage, phone APP passenger guiding  , and the first 3 runway Airport in inland China ,  the 4F level airport with category III auto landing under 200 meter extreme weather conditions. It is designed for the largest planes including Airbus 380.

Terminal 3 is the most advanced in China in services with joint venture with Singapore airport to provide retail business , entertainment , restaurants, leisure , exercises, and other services. Due to its geo central location and additional  policy blessed by Chinese government, the airport,  with the support of Singapore airport expertise, will be the major hub for trans -continental flights between Europe , ASEAN , America and China.

The terminal 3 has six levels ,  with nine boarding islands , 288 counters , 37 domestic security passages , 8 international security passages , 14 domestic luggage claims and 7 international luggage claims , facial recognition auto custom passage etc. The airport provides an APP to guide passengers to their boarding gates. 

The terminal 3 is over 30 times size of football grounds, 2.5 times the combined size of the existing terminals , 3 times capacity of the existing ones, with the largest terminal panel in Asia , and over 45 million people per year. With 50,000 square meters commercial space and 1100 square meters of duty free shops, this terminal provides the better experience than others with twice as many women changing rooms , and total 110 changing rooms. 

The terminal 3 has 7 levels of transportation hub, and the first airport to introduce bullet train lines to an airport in China. It connects   to railway stations and water ports via train lines.  The hub transparently connects subway , bullet trains , long distance bus , taxi and bus , and private cars. The new subway line 10 conneting the Terminal 3 wih the city runs at the end of the year. The city bullet  train line conneting the airport to most districts in Chongqing will run in 2019.

The terminal 3 is equipped with the advanced low carbon and eco friendly controlled system. The air temperature , humidity , carbon dioxide control etc are adapted for energy efficiency. It also provides high security and speed for Internet connections. It is designed with the most energy efficient Low-e double silver empty glass panels and high heat insulation walls. With green lighting and water processing technology,  over 80% of electrical operation cost will be saved, and so is over 40% of water cost. 

This terminal achieves high efficiency with "One pass, two inspections". With one touch of a boarding pass, both the inspection and quarantine are completed. The gate alarms if the body temperature is over 37C. The same boarding passes can be used to pass customs and border inspections.

The terminal 3 is 7 degree earthquakes resistant, even Chongqing is the city of the least earthquake probabilities among all Chinese big and small cities. The Chongqing airport has the most stable airport runways compared to many other cities.

The fourth runway and new terminal T3B are planned to to be constructed next year, as the terminal 3 is expected to reach its capacity in next two years.

With these forward-looking airport designs,  the city's high density bullet train lines, the only international free trade air/rail/water hub in inland, and the most tourists visited, this airport will be the largest and most advanced in inland China for many years.

Here is the list of the new international destinations from Chongqing in next four years:

2017 : Los angeles, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Paris, Barcelona, Melbourne, Oakland, Gold Coast

2018 : Munich, Prague, St Petersburg, Berlin, Brisbane

2019 : Zurich, Madrid, Vienna, Addisababa, Cairo

2020 : Dallas, Hawaii, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Budapest, Perth, Cape Town, Mauritius

New international cargo destinations :

Dubai, Singapore, San Francisco, Tokyo, Luxemburg, New Delhi, Paris, Liege, etc.

The following are the existing international destinations from Chongqing, including Bangkok, Phuket, Hongkong,Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, San Francisco, Sydney, Doha, Helsinki, Rome, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur, Jeju, Siem Reap, Chiang Mai, Phnom Penh, Macao, Kaohsiung, Krabi, Aswan, Qingzhou, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Colombo, Bali Island, Boracay, Daegu, London, Moscow, Istanbul, Dubai etc.

There will be over 350 domestic and international lines in 2020.
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