Shanghai Pudong International Airport

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Shanghai Pudong
International Airport

Shànghǎi Pǔdōng Guójì Jīchǎng
Logo of Shanghai Airport Authority
Pudong International Airport at night.jpg
Pudong International Airport at night
Airport type Public
Operator Shanghai Airport Authority
Serves Shanghai
Location Pudong New Area
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 4 m / 13 ft
Coordinates 31°08′36″N 121°48′19″E / 31.14333°N 121.80528°E / 31.14333; 121.80528Coordinates: 31°08′36″N 121°48′19″E / 31.14333°N 121.80528°E / 31.14333; 121.80528
PVG is located in Shanghai
Location of airport in Shanghai
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 4,000 13,123 Concrete
16/34 3,800 12,467 Concrete
17R/35L 3,400 11,155 Concrete
16L/34R 3,800 12,467 Concrete
TBD 3,400 11,155
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 51,661,800
Cargo (tons) 3,178,200
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Traditional Chinese 上海浦東國際機場
Simplified Chinese 上海浦东国际机场

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVGICAO: ZSPD) is the primary international airport serving Shanghai, and a major aviation hub for Asia. The city's other major airport, Hongqiao, mainly serves domestic flights. Located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of the city centre, Pudong Airport occupies a 10,000-acre (40 km2) site adjacent to the coastline in eastern Pudong. The airport is operated by Shanghai Airport Authority (Chinese: 上海机场集团有限公司, SSE: 600009).

The airport is the main hub for China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines, and a major international hub for Air China. It is also the hub for privately owned Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines, and an Asian-Pacific cargo hub for UPS[4] and DHL. The DHL hub, opened in July 2012, is said to be the biggest express hub in Asia.[5]

Pudong Airport has two main passenger terminals, flanked on both sides by three parallel runways. A third passenger terminal is planned for 2015, in addition to a satellite terminal and two additional runways, raising its annual capacity from 60 million passengers to 80 million, along with the ability to handle six million tonnes of freight.[6]

Pudong Airport is a fast-growing hub for both passenger and cargo traffic. With 3,227,914 metric tonnes handled in 2010, the airport is the world's third busiest airport by cargo traffic. Pudong Airport also served a total of 52,578,621 passengers in 2014, making it the third busiest airport in mainland China and the 20th busiest in the world. As of December 2011, Pudong Airport hosted 87 airlines serving 194 destinations.[7]

Shanghai Pudong is the busiest international hub in mainland China, ranking 22nd globally in terms of international traffic.[8] About half of its total passenger traffic is international.[9]

Pudong Airport is connected to the city's urban rail network through Metro Line 2 and the Shanghai Maglev Train. The airport is open 24 hours a day.

The interior of Terminal 1


Early development[edit]

Prior to the establishment of Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport was the primary airport of Shanghai. During the 1990s, the expansion of Hongqiao Airport to meet growing demand became impossible as the surrounding urban area was developing significantly, and an alternative to assume all international flights had to be sought. A suitable site was selected on the coast of the Pudong development zone to the east of Shanghai.

Construction of the first phase of the new Shanghai Pudong International Airport began in October 1997, took two years to build at a cost of RMB 12 billion (1.67 billion USD), and was opened on October 1, 1999. It covers an area of 40 square kilometres (15 sq mi) and is 30 kilometres (19 mi) from downtown Shanghai. The first phase of the airport has one 4E category runway (4000 m x 60 m) along with two parallel taxiways, an 800,000-square-metre (8,600,000 sq ft) apron, seventy-six aircraft positions and a 50,000 m2 (540,000 sq ft) cargo warehouse.

A second runway was opened on March 17, 2005, and construction of phase two (including a second terminal, a third runway and a cargo terminal) began in December 2005 and started operation on March 26, 2008, in time for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics.

Ongoing expansion[edit]

In November 2011 Pudong Airport received approval from the national government for a new round of expansion which includes two runways. The 3,800-meter fourth runway, along with an auxiliary taxiway and traffic control facilities, is projected to cost 2.58 billion yuan (USD 403 million). The 3,400-meter fifth runway, along with a new traffic tower, will cost 4.65 billion yuan (USD 726.6 million). Construction is expected to be completed in 2015 and will double the capacity of the airport.[10][11]

Hongqiao flights[edit]

Limited international services resumed at Hongqiao Airport in October 2007 with flights to Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), in November 2007 with flights to Gimpo International Airport in Seoul, in June 2010 with flights to Taipei Songshan Airport and in September 2010 with flights to Hong Kong Airport. This is believed to be a major effort to provide convenience to business travelers, a practice already in place between Haneda and Gimpo for years. Hongqiao, Haneda, Gimpo, and Songshan are much closer to their respective metro centers than their newer but remote international gateways Pudong, Narita, Incheon, and Taoyuan.


The airport has 70 boarding bridges along with 218 parking positions. Three runways are in operation: one 4,000-metre (13,000 ft) runway—4E rating—with six taxiways, one 3,800-metre (12,500 ft) runway—4F rating—with four taxiways and one 3,400-metre (11,200 ft) runway—4F rating—with six taxiways.

Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 1 was opened on October 1, 1999 along with a 4000m runway and including a cargo hub. It was built to handle the demand for traffic and to relieve Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport's traffic. Terminal 1 is shaped like Kansai International Airport's terminal, but it is shorter and with 28 gates, 13 of which are double decker gates. The exterior of the terminal is shaped like waves. The capacity of Terminal 1 is 20 million passengers. It currently has 204 check-in counters, thirteen luggage conveying belts and covering an area of 280,000 square meters.

Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 2, opened on March 26, 2008, along with the third runway, gives a capacity of 60 million passengers and 4.2 million tonnes of cargo annually. Terminal 2 is shaped like the 1st terminal but it has more of a wave shaping, rather than a seagull shape and is slightly larger than Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is primarily used by Air China and other Star Alliance members but may be used by SkyTeam and Oneworld airlines.[12]

Shanghai Airlines moved to Terminal 2 upon its opening on March 26, 2008 with 14 other airlines, including Air India, Northwest Airlines, Qatar Airways, Alitalia, British Airways, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Philippine Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Transaero Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Aerosvit Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Royal Nepal Airlines. Fellow Star Alliance partners Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and United Airlines moved to the new terminal on April 29, 2008[13] such that more than 30 airlines are now operating at Terminal 2.[12]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo 2
Aeroméxico Mexico City, Tijuana 2
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur 2
AirAsia Zest Kalibo, Manila 1
Air Canada Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver 2
Air China Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Chengdu, Chongqing, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Harbin, Hohhot, Kunming, Lanzhou, Melbourne, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Sendai, Shenzhen, Sydney, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita, Wenzhou, Xi'an, Xichang, Yinchuan 2
Air China
operated by Dalian Airlines
Dalian 2
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1
Air India Delhi, Mumbai 2
Air Koryo Seasonal Charter: Pyongyang 1
Air Macau Macau 2
Air Mauritius Mauritius 2
Air New Zealand Auckland 2
Alitalia Milan-Malpensa (resumes 1 May 2015)[14] 2
All Nippon Airways Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Narita 2
American Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles 2
Asiana Airlines Busan, Seoul-Incheon 2
British Airways London-Heathrow 2
Cambodia Angkor Air Phnom Penh, Siem Reap 2
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong 2
Cebu Pacific Clark, Kalibo, Manila 2
Chengdu Airlines Chengdu 2
China Airlines Kaohsiung, Taipei-Taoyuan 1
China Eastern Airlines Auckland, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beihai, Beijing-Capital, Busan, Changbaishan, Changchun, Changsha, Chaoyang, Chengdu, Chiang Mai, Chifeng, Chongqing, Daegu, Dalian, Datong, Dazhou, Delhi, Denpasar/Bali, Dubai-International, Dunhuang, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Fuzhou, Guangyuan, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Gwangju, Haikou, Hami, Handan, Hanoi, Harbin, Hefei, Hiroshima, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Huai'an, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeju, Jinan, Jiuzhaigou, Kagoshima, Kathmandu, Komatsu, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lijiang, Linyi, Liping, Liuzhou, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Lüliang, Luzhou, Macau, Manila, Matsuyama, Melbourne, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Mudanjiang, Nagasaki, Nagoya-Centrair, Naha, Nanchang, Nanchong, Nanjing, New York-JFK, Niigata, Okayama, Osaka-Kansai, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Phnom Penh, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Qiqihar, Rome-Fiumicino, San Francisco, Sanya, Sapporo-Chitose, Seoul-Incheon, Shennongjia, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Shizuoka, Siem Reap, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei-Taoyuan, Taiyuan, Taizhou, Tianjin, Tokyo-Narita, Tonghua, Toronto-Pearson, Ürümqi, Vancouver, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xingyi, Xining, Yan'an, Yanji, Yantai, Yibin, Yichun, Yinchuan, Yulin, Zhangjiajie, Zhengzhou, Zhoushan
Seasonal: Asahikawa, Cairns, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi
Charter: Saipan[15]
China Southern Airlines Changbaishan, Changchun, Dalian, Dandong, Daqing, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Haikou, Harbin, Jiamusi, Jieyang, Kunming, Mudanjiang, Nagoya-Centrair, Nanning, Nanyang, Qingdao, Qiqihar, Sanya, Seoul-Incheon, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taipei-Taoyuan, Ürümqi, Wuhan, Xi'an, Xining, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai 2
Chongqing Airlines Chongqing 2
Delta Air Lines Detroit, Los Angeles (begins 10 July 2015),[16] Seattle/Tacoma, Tokyo-Narita 2
Dragonair Hong Kong 2
Eastar Jet Cheongju 2
Emirates Dubai-International 2
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa 2
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 2
EVA Air Kaohsiung, Taipei-Taoyuan 2
Finnair Helsinki 2
Fuzhou Airlines Fuzhou NULL
Garuda Indonesia Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta 2
Hainan Airlines Boston (begins 20 June 2015),[17] Haikou, Lanzhou, Seattle/Tacoma (begins 22 June 2015),[18] Tianjin, Weifang, Xi'an 2
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong 2
Japan Airlines Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Narita 1
Jin Air Jeju 1
Juneyao Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Baotou, Beihai, Changchun, Changsha, Cheongju, Chiang Mai, Chongqing, Dalian, Dongying, Fuzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Hailar, Harbin, Hong Kong, Jeju, Kaohsiung, Krabi, Lijiang, Macau,Batam, Naha, Osaka-Kansai, Phuket, Qianjiang, Qingdao, Sanya, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tianjin, Tongliao, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xiangyang, Xining, Yangyang, Yinchuan, Zhuhai 2
KLM Amsterdam 1
Korean Air Busan, Seoul-Incheon 1
Kunming Airlines Kunming 2
Lucky Air Kunming 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich 2
Mahan Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini 2
Malaysia Airlines Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur 2
Mega Maldives Malé 2
Philippine Airlines Manila 2
Philippine Airlines
operated by PAL Express
Kalibo 2
Qantas Sydney 2
Qatar Airways Doha 2
Royal Brunei Airlines Bandar Seri Begawan 1
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen 2
Shandong Airlines Qingdao 2
Shanghai Airlines Anshan, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Busan, Changchun, Changsha, Denpasar/Bali, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Harbin, Jinzhou, Kuala Lumpur, Malé, Mianyang, Nanning, Ordos, Osaka-Kansai, Phuket, Qinhuangdao, Sanya, Seoul-Incheon, Shenyang, Taipei-Songshan, Tangshan, Tianjin, Toyama, Wanzhou, Xiamen, Xi'an, Yuncheng, Zhangjiajie, Zhanjiang, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai
Seasonal: Krabi, Surat Thani
Shenzhen Airlines Nanchang, Quanzhou, Shenzhen 2
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing, Saipan 1
Singapore Airlines Singapore 2
Spring Airlines Asahikawa, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Changbaishan, Changchun, Chiang Mai, Chongqing, Da Nang, Dalian, Guilin, Harbin, Hong Kong, Ibaraki, Jeju, Kaohsiung, Kota Kinabalu, Krabi, Kunming, Macau, Manzhouli, Mataram, Mianyang, Nanning, Osaka-Kansai, Phuket, Saga, Sanya, Sapporo-Chitose, Seoul-Incheon, Shenyang, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei-Taoyuan, Takamatsu, Xiamen, Xi'an, Zhangjiajie, Zhanjiang, Zhuhai 2
SriLankan Airlines Colombo 1
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich 2
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 2
Tigerair Philippines Kalibo 2
Transaero Airlines Seasonal: Saint Petersburg (begins 14 June 2015)[19] TBD
Transasia Airways Taichung, Taipei-Songshan, Taipei-Taoyuan 2
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 2
T'way Airlines Daegu 1
UNI Air Taipei-Songshan 2
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Guam, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco 2
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
Charter: Da Nang
Virgin Atlantic London-Heathrow 2


Airlines Destinations
Air China Cargo Amsterdam, Anchorage, Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Chongqing, Copenhagen, Dallas/Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Novosibirsk, Osaka-Kansai, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tianjin, Tokyo-Narita, Zaragoza, Zhengzhou
Air Hong Kong Hong Kong
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Sochi, Yekaterinburg
ANA Cargo Naha, Tokyo-Narita
Asiana Airlines Cargo Seoul-Incheon
Atlas Air Anchorage, Baku, Dubai-International, Zhengzhou
Cargolux Luxembourg
Cathay Pacific Cargo Chengdu, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Xiamen, Zhengzhou
China Airlines Cargo Taipei-Taoyuan
China Cargo Airlines Amsterdam, Anchorage, Atlanta, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chengdu, Chicago-O'Hare, Chongqing, Copenhagen, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dhaka, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Milan-Malpensa, Osaka-Kansai, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Seoul-Incheon, Shenzhen, Singapore, St. Louis, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tianjin, Tokyo-Narita, Zaragoza
China Postal Airlines Beijing-Capital, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Osaka-Kansai, Tianjin, Xiamen
China Southern Airlines Cargo Amsterdam, Anchorage, Chicago-O'Hare, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Osaka-Kansai, Vancouver, Vienna, Zhengzhou
DHL Express
operated by AeroLogic
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum, Kabul
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi, Chennai, Delhi, Karachi, Lahore, Mumbai
EVA Air Cargo Taipei-Taoyuan
FedEx Express Anchorage, Beijing-Capital, Delhi, Dubai-International, Guangzhou, Memphis, Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Narita
Finnair Cargo
operated by Nordic Global Airlines
Helsinki, New York-JFK
Hong Kong Airlines Cargo Hong Kong, Xiamen
Iran Air Cargo Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Kalitta Air Anchorage, Chicago-O'Hare
Korean Air Cargo Anchorage, Atlanta, New York-JFK, Seoul-Incheon, Toronto-Pearson
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt, Krasnoyarsk, Seoul-Incheon
MASkargo Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Penang, Sydney
MNG Airlines Almaty, Istanbul-Atatürk
Nippon Cargo Airlines Tokyo-Narita
Polar Air Cargo Anchorage, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Nagoya-Centrair, Seoul-Incheon, Tokyo-Narita
Qantas Cargo Anchorage, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chicago-O'Hare, Chongqing, New York-JFK, Sydney
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha
Saudia Cargo Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Jeddah, Riyadh
SF Airlines Beijing-Capital, Harbin, Shenzhen
Singapore Airlines Cargo Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Singapore
Silk Way Airlines Baku
Southern Air Anchorage, Chicago-O'Hare
TNT Airways Chongqing, Liège, Singapore
Turkish Airlines Almaty, Bishkek, Istanbul-Atatürk
UPS Airlines Anchorage, Louisville, Osaka-Kansai, Seoul-Incheon, Tokyo-Narita, Warsaw-Chopin
Volga-Dnepr Airlines Novosibirsk
Yangtze River Express Aktobe, Anchorage, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Chicago-O'Hare, Chongqing, Dhaka, Guangzhou, Hahn, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Munich, Nagoya-Centrair, Novosibirsk, Osaka-Kansai, Prague, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Singapore, Wuxi
A Shanghai Pudong Airport Bus Expressway
Shanghai Pudong International Airport in 2001

Ground transportation[edit]

A maglev train departing Pudong airport
Metro Line 2 links city centre and Pudong airport


Maglev Train[edit]

Starting service on January 29, 2004 as the first commercial high-speed maglev railway in the world, Shanghai Maglev Train links Pudong International Airport with Longyang Road Metro Station, where transfer to Line 2 or Line 7 is possible. The 30-km ride from Longyang Road Metro station to Pudong International Airport typically takes less than eight minutes, with the maximum speed reaching 431 km/h. Trains operate every 15 minutes; therefore passengers can expect to arrive in less than 25 minutes, waiting time included.

A standard single-ride ticket costs 50 RMB.[20] Discounted prices are available for Shanghai Public Transportation Card holders (¥40 single), and for round trips within 7 days (¥80 round-trip). First-class tickets cost 100 RMB (single) or 180 RMB (round-trip within 7 days). All cars are equipped with racks and space designated for luggage.

Shanghai Metro Line 2[edit]

Shanghai Metro Line 2 also provides service between Pudong International Airport and Longyang Road, Lujiazui, People's Square, and Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai's primary domestic airport. Line 2 is part of the Shanghai Metro system; therefore unlike the Maglev, free in-system transfer to other lines are possible, with ticket prices varying from 3 RMB to 10 RMB.

Prices are substantially lower than the Maglev (¥6 from Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road and Lujiazui, ¥7 to People's Square, ¥8 to Hongqiao International Airport). However, trips take longer due to lower speed of trains. A casual ride to People's Square, the city centre, typically takes just over one hour. It is wise to allow more than five hours for a safe flight transfer at Hongqiao International Airport using public transportation.

It should further be noted that Line 2 operates in two sections: trains from Pudong International Airport terminate at Guanglan Road, where passengers wishing to travel on change trains across the platform. In addition, not all trains go to Hongqiao International Airport.

Airport buses[edit]

Eight airport bus lines serve Pudong International Airport, providing rapid links to various destinations. Buses are labelled "机场X线" (Airport Bus Line X) and typically operate on a 15-to-30 minute basis. Fares range from 2 to 22 yuan depending on distance travelled.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Airport information for PVG at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
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  4. ^ UPS Air Operations Facts
  5. ^ Deutsche Post DHL targets Asian expansion
  6. ^ Shanghai Airport reports profit growth, despite big investments in massive new facilities at Pudong – China Airlines, Airports and Aviation News. (2008-03-11). Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  7. ^ 民航局与上海市人民政府在沪签战略合作协议 (in Chinese). Carnoc. 6 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Top international routes in China and India. Shanghai Pudong and Delhi dominate". CAPA. September 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "From obscurity, Guangzhou and Shanghai Pudong airports move up rankings". CAPA. June 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Shanghai Pudong's fourth and fifth runways receive approval". CAPA. 6 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Shanghai airport to double capacity". South China Morning Post. 8 December 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Dermot Davitt Shanghai Pudong International Airport begins new era with opening of Terminal Two 26/03/08, Source: The Moodie Report
  13. ^ Travel News Your Way. e-Travel Blackboard. Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  14. ^ "Alitalia Resumes Shanghai – Milan Service from May 2015". airlineroute. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "China Eastern Adds Shanghai - Saipan Charter Service in July/August 2014". Airline Route. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Delta to launch daily service between Los Angeles and Shanghai". 
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  19. ^ "Transaero Adds St. Petersburg - Shanghai Route from Jun - Oct 2015". 20 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Shanghai Maglev Official Website". 2005-05-18. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  21. ^ Cargo plane crashes at Shanghai airport – Xinhua. Reuters. Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  22. ^ 浦东机场货机坠毁现场浓烟滚滚. Sina. Retrieved on 2011-01-22.
  23. ^ Report: Three dead in cargo plane crash in Shanghai | CNN

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