The opening of Shanghai Pudong International Airport's fourth runway has been delayed to the end of 2013.
Construction of the runway is ongoing, and the airport is targeting to start operations by year-end, says an airport official.
This is a push back from the target of end-2012 that the airport previously told Flightglobal Pro.
When completed, the new runway, measuring 3,800m (12,500ft) by 60m, will also meet the flight test needs of the Chinese indigenous C919 twinjet. The narrowbody is slated to have its first flight in 2014.
Shanghai Pudong can now handle 65 aircraft movements per hour during peak periods, and the fourth runway is expected to improve its efficiency.
The airport's two terminals have the capacity to handle 60 million passengers annually. Its passenger throughput hit 44.8 million last year, up by 8.3% from a year ago.
In anticipation of passenger numbers hitting 81 million by 2020, the airport plans to build a fifth runway and two satellite buildings.