The establishment of an off-site terminal is an advantageous means of guaranteeing the origin of passengers.

Since Guangzhou Baiyun Airport set up the country's first off-site terminal in Dongguan last September, the remote terminal seems to become the popular market for airport marketing. Some trunk hub airports have been considering their own in order to strengthen their hinterland market. The city has set up a different terminal. This is not the case, Nanjing Lukou Airport has been operating in Wuxi's off-site city terminal recently, and Shenyang Airport is also considering setting up remote terminals in cities such as Anshan, Liaoyang, Fushun and Tieling.

Since the remote city terminal and the airport check-in system and flight information inquiry system are connected in real time, the surrounding city residents can complete the purchase of air tickets, flight information inquiry, check-in procedures, and the private bus from the city terminal to the airport. It can greatly shorten the time for neighboring city residents to arrive at the airport. It should be said that the remote city terminal is a win-win for passengers and airports. Passengers can check in at their doorstep, and the airport can greatly increase passenger throughput in its hinterland market with less investment.

Recently, an article pointed out that if a hub airport wants to maintain its status, it must first ensure its origin and arrival, and the establishment of a remote city terminal is undoubtedly a favorable means of guaranteeing the origin of the passengers. In a certain sense, it is equivalent to local. A “airport without a runway” was built. This pair of hub airports is indeed a profitable business. From the analysis of construction cost, if a regional airport is built in China, the cost will be at least 200-300 million yuan, and the cost of the urban terminal building is only enough to build one quarter of the airport. It is understood that the investment in Dongguan City Terminal at that time was only 5 million yuan, and it can bring 500,000 stable passenger traffic to Baiyun Airport every year. With the development of local economy, this number will rise steadily in the future. Through the above simple comparison, it is not difficult to understand why some trunk hub airports have to build off-site terminals in the surrounding cities.

Passengers choose a city terminal, which usually pays attention to convenience and saves time. Therefore, in the construction process of the city terminal, the following three aspects need to be grasped. The first is the location of the city terminal. Since it is a city terminal, it must be a local transportation hub in the geographical location, and local residents can easily reach it. Second, the check-in system, flight information system, airport check-in system and flight information system of the city terminal must be real-time docked to fully realize information sharing. Residents can successfully complete ticket purchase and check-in procedures locally. Third, there must be a developed expressway between the surrounding cities and the airport, so that the airport can be reached by a dedicated bus, eliminating the need for passengers to drive.

Of course, the construction of a city terminal is only the beginning of a hub airport. The key is to focus on future operations. Therefore, the airport must carefully analyze the travel needs of surrounding urban residents, rationally equip routes, and enrich the route network. Otherwise, even if the remote city terminal is built, there will still be a shortage of customers.

Nowadays, the construction of the remote city terminal is only a small move for the regional hub airport to strengthen the hinterland passenger market. It is estimated that there will be more action in the future. The Sunan cargo station, which is put into operation simultaneously with the Wuxi city terminal, is Nanjing Lukou Airport. Strengthening a bold attempt in the hinterland freight market. It is foreseeable that the operation mode of off-site urban terminal and off-site cargo terminal will be gradually promoted in China. The result of this is not only good for the airport, but also the winner and the owner.

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