Expect disruption at both Shanghai airports ZSSS/Shanghai and ZSPD/Pudong due to the China International Import Expo (CIIE) that will be taking place in Shanghai from Nov 5-10.

Last year, GA/BA flights were banned from both airports for more than ten days either side of the CIIE event dates – unless they were bringing in passengers to attend the event. Some non-CIIE operators were able to get permission to fly to ZSPD/Pudong, but that meant having to obtain an official invitation letter from the event organisers, as well as slot and parking approval.

For non-CIIE flights wanting to go to Shanghai during this period, the alternative options may be limited. Last year, drop-and-go’s were not permitted at either ZSSS/Shanghai or ZSPD/Pudong, and parking filled up quickly at nearby airports ZSHC/Hangzhou, ZSNJ/Nanjing and ZSNB/Ningbo.

Here’s the lowdown on those three airports:

ZSHC/Hangzhou
Operating hours? H24.
Does it have an FBO? Yes, but for “domestic flights only”. Weird.
Driving time to Shanghai? 2hrs 30mins (180km)
Any other restrictions? They don’t issue arrival/departure slots to GA/BA between 0700-0859 local time.

ZSNJ/Nanjing
Operating hours? H24.
Does it have an FBO? Yes.
Driving time to Shanghai? 3hrs 30mins (300km)
Any other restrictions? They don’t issue arrival/departure slots to GA/BA between 0700-0859 local time.

ZSNB/Ningbo
Operating hours? H24.
Does it have an FBO? No.
Driving time to Shanghai? 3hrs (220km) – providing you take the road over the Hangzhou Bay Bridge
Any other restrictions? Probably. But no biggies that we know of.

Bottom line, if you’re thinking of flying to Shanghai any time during the first two weeks of November, get in touch with your handler ASAP to reserve parking and slots.

Know a secret airport somewhere near Shanghai where GA/BA can operate to during this period, relatively hassle-free? Let us know!

David Mumford

David Mumford

Opsgroup team member. International flight ops news hound.

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