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Staying ahead of the pack

(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2017-11-20

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Shanghai is now China’s top aviation hub and it was ranked the fourth in the world last year in terms of annual passenger volume. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

Authorities say that the shipping and aviation industries in Shanghai have maintained their leading positions in the country through a series of technological upgrades.

The municipal government announced on Oct 31 that the city has leveraged technology to achieve significant progress in the maritime and aviation sectors over the past year.

According to officials, Shanghai is now China's top aviation hub. The city was ranked fourth in the world last year in terms of annual passenger volume. In addition, the amount of international passengers traveling through Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport last year accounted for 27.7 percent of the country's total.

Meanwhile, Pudong International Airport was named third in the world in the annual cargo volume ranking. Shanghai's two airports presently manage about half of the country's international cargo and mail.

Jia Ruijun, vice president of Shanghai Airport Group Co Ltd, said that the ability to handle the increased volume of flights and passengers was due to an upgrade in service systems. He explained that the two airports are the first in the country to adopt the Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) system which helps airport staff to better manage the arrival and departure of flights.

More self-service platforms were also launched last year, making it more convenient for travelers to buy tickets, change flights and check in their luggage.

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