Construction on Longhua Helicopter Airport could be completed by early 2019, Chinese news outlets reported. A first for Shanghai, the heliport is to be built at Longhua Airport in Xuhui District.
Longua Airport was reportedly built for civil and military use. But because of its central location, it was ruled unfit for fixed-wing arrivals and departures. After it is converted to a heliport, it could see more than 4,000 helicopter takeoffs and landings by 2020. Officials reportedly have said sightseeing operations would be forbidden, but some commercial intercity flying would be permissible. For the most part, the facility would serve urban management and emergency medical operations.
Terminal buildings, an air traffic control tower and helicopter maintenance facilities are planned for the premises. One of the runways could be converted into a park. It has also been reported that the Civil Aviation Admin. of China plans to establish an East China General Aviation Service Center in a building next to the heliport by 2018.