Travelers from Shanghai have two airport options: Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Hongqiao International Airport (SHA).
Pudong which is located 19 miles east of Shanghai, is the city’s primary international airport and also the busiest international hub in mainland China. The airport is a hub for Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Spring Airlines. Travelers from Pudong can catch flights to nearly 200 destinations around the world.
Hongqiao, which is located 8 miles west of the city, primarily handles domestic flights, but does offer a limited number of flights to international destinations. The airport is a hub for China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines. About 20 airlines serve the airport and offer flights to more than 80 destinations.
Among the most popular destinations for travelers form Shanghai: Bangkok (about a four-hour flight), Taipei (about an hour and 20 minute flight) and Hong Kong (about a two hour flight).
From Shanghai, travelers can catch non-stop flights to countless destinations in China, as well as other countries in Asia (including Delhi, Seoul and Tokyo), Africa (including Addis Ababa), Australia (including Sydney), Europe (including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Paris), the Middle East (including Abu Dhabi and Dubai) and North America (including Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and New York).
Are you looking for inexpensive flights from Shanghai? Low-cost carrier China United Airlines offers flights from SHA to Shijiazhuang. Spring Airlines offers low fares on flights from both PVG and SHA to a number of destinations, including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau, Osaka and Phuket.
Additionally, Philippine low-cost carriers Cebu Pacific Air and AirAsia Zest offer flights from PVG to Clark Kalibo and Manila, and Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia X has flights to Kuala Lumpur.
When searching for cheap airfares from Shanghai, include both airports and all airlines in your search. This will help ensure that you find the lowest airfares.