As a result of the World Expo five hundred new aircraft movements are expected to the city’s two airports, Shanghai Hongqiao and Shanghai Pudong, which are expected to see a 30% rise over the usual number.
The vast air transport market has attracted different carriers from home and abroad, and some of them have prepared for it for years.
State-owned airlines will be the biggest winners in this air competition, especially for the newly merged China Eastern, which took local Shanghai Airlines under its flag at the end of last year.
Currently, China Eastern has nearly 50% of Shanghai’s market share and is also an exclusive cooperation partner for World Expo 2010 Shanghai China.
Global Times reports that Ma Xulun, general manager of China Eastern, said in January, "The expo will bring us no less than $585.93 million income."