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Old April 19th, 2011, 05:57 PM   #21
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Old April 20th, 2011, 05:46 PM   #22
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Government plans airport expansion
Taipei Times
Wed, Apr 20, 2011

The government is planning to invest approximately NT$300 billion (US$10.3 billion) for the construction of a third terminal and other infrastructure at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said yesterday.

The plan marks the nation’s largest investment in air transportation service in the past decade.

The CAA-drafted Guidelines Governing the Development at the Airport Park (機場園區發展綱要計畫) was approved by the Executive Yuan last week. CAA Deputy -Director-General Chen Tien-tsyh (陳天賜) said the government aims to turn the nation’s largest international airport into one of the most important hubs in northeast Asia.

According to Chen, both the CAA and the Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIA) will jointly execute the guidelines. The CAA will be responsible for acquiring land needed for the Airport Park, while the TIA will be in charge of designing and constructing Terminal 3 and the airport’s third runway, he said.

Aside from building a new terminal and runway, Chen said the NT$300 billion budget would also pay for the costs of expropriating private properties in the area and building other transportation infrastructure.

Based on the guidelines, annual passenger traffic at the Taoyuan airport is expected to reach 58.9 million per year by 2030 and cargo handling is expected to top 4.48 million tonnes.

The number of aircraft arriving at and departing from the airport is also expected to reach 467,000 per year within 20 years.

Chen said the entire Airport Park area is 1,249 hectares. He said the airport would need an additional 745 hectares to accommodate all the facilities specified in the guidelines, adding that the estimated costs of acquiring the lands could potentially top NT$59.5 billion.

The newly acquired land would be used to build the third runway, depots and tarmacs for both passenger and cargo jets, aircraft maintenance zones and the airport free-trade zone, he said.

According to the CAA’s preliminary design, the third runway will be located at the northern part of Airport Park, which will be 1,200m in distance and accommodate large aircraft, such as the Airbus 380.

Terminal 3, along with the satellite boarding areas, will be able to accommodate 43 million passengers per year. Fan Hsiao-lun (范孝倫), director of CAA’s aerodrome engineering division, said Terminal 1 can accommodate 15 million passengers per year after renovations are completed this year.

Terminal 2, meanwhile, has a capacity to handle 17 million passengers per year, Fan said.

Fan added it would take the CAA at least one or two years before it can actually start expropriating the land, adding the government’s development project would all have to be reviewed by the Environmental Impact Assessment Committee.
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Old April 21st, 2011, 06:46 PM   #25
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^ appears to be T2 - the nicer terminal.
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Taoyuan International Airport rated 16th among airports worldwide
27 April 2011
The China Post

Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan's main international gateway, was rated the world's 16th in terms of overall performance in the first quarter of 2011, according to airport authorities Monday.

The airport attracted widespread criticism from the public for its services and facilities. According to the airport, it has made significant improvement in its services, including unreasonable food prices and malfunctioning luggage conveyors. A new food court will open in early August, the airport said.

Taoyuan International Airport has advanced eight notches in the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Service Quality (ASQ) world rankings for the January-March period, according to the Taoyuan Airport. ASQ is a comprehensive ACI initiative to help airports in their continuing efforts to improve the quality of service experienced by passengers.

It is the first time for the airport to make it to the top ten in terms of terminal cleanliness. The airport also finished in the world's top three in seven categories, including travel document inspection, comfort of boarding gate area and shopping facility, according to the latest ACI-ASQ survey.

  “National Immigration Agency's (NIA) efforts to fast-track travel document inspection and give priority to the elderly and families with infants have also received widespread recognition from passengers,” said Vivian Liu, deputy manager of media relations at Taoyuan International Airport Corp. Ltd., yesterday.

However, the aforementioned quarterly information was not found on ACI official website by China Post reporters yesterday.

The validity of these ratings was questioned by Li Ker-Tsung (李克聰), associate professor of Department of Traffic and Transportation Engineering and Management, Feng Chia University. “The ACI ratings are only for reference. The airport is undergoing renovation, which inevitably causes inconveniences to passengers,” said Li.

The airport ranked 10th in 2008, the first time it participated in the ASQ program but fell to 27th in 2009 and 24th in the last quarter of 2010
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Old May 28th, 2011, 07:00 AM   #27
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Taiwan's airport showcases local innovative products
21 May 2011
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Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Passengers departing Taiwan's international airport from Saturday will be able to spot an array of famous "Made-in-Taiwan" products on display at the country's gateway.

The exhibition, which will last until Aug. 31, will showcase Taiwan's innovative technology, computer, cultural and creative products.

The aim is to promote and market not only Taiwan's products but also its culture, according to the exhibition's organizer Ever Rich Foundation.

The foundation that promotes international tourism and community charity has joined hands with the Ministry of Economic Affairs to set up the exhibition at the boarding corridor at Terminal 2 of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Wu Hsi-hsien, general manager of Ever Rich Duty Free Shop, which is affiliated with the foundation, said that the purpose of the exhibition is to present the soft power of Taiwan to both foreign and domestic visitors, and to convey the message that Taiwanese brands are innovative, reliable and of good quality.

High tech products from companies such as Asustek Computer Inc., D-Link Corp., Micro-Star International Co., and HannStar Display Corp., will be on display at the exhibition.

Also on display are products that have won a gold or silver medal at the Taiwan Excellence Award, which is given by Taiwan's government to encourage local companies to upgrade and innovate new products.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 03:43 PM   #28
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Hopefully Terminal 1 will be finished by the end of September in time for 10/10/2011
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Old June 29th, 2011, 06:11 PM   #29
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CAL cabin crew find unauthorized passenger on plane
Taipei Times
Fri, Jul 08, 2011 - Page 1

Crew members of a China Airlines (CAL, 中華航空) flight found an unauthorized passenger sleeping in the cabin crew lounge on board an aircraft while conducting a routine inspection before takeoff yesterday morning.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Flight CI-020 was scheduled to depart from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport bound for New York via Osaka, Japan, at 8am.

Crewmembers found the woman in the cabin crew lounge at about 7am.

A preliminary investigation by the Aviation Police Office said that the woman, surnamed Lee (李), 48, took a cab and got off at the Chung Cheng Aviation Museum near the airport terminal in Taoyuan County at about midnight.

Lee walked to the airport terminal and entered the restricted zone through a 20cm to 30cm opening between the airport’s cement wall and barbed wire. She came across a motorized vehicle used by airport ground crew with the key in the ignition and drove it on a 1.8km taxiway to the D5 apron. She parked the vehicle and boarded the aircraft using the ladder on the jet bridge.

Police said Lee carried neither a passport nor a boarding pass.

She was sent to the Taoyuan Mental Hospital after a preliminary diagnosis by a doctor at the airport.

The CAA said aviation police were in the process of piecing the matter together.

A similar incident occurred in 2005, when a 24-year-old man was able to board an aircraft bound for Vietnam through the terminal without a passport or a boarding pass. He was not found until another passenger reported the seat appeared to have been double booked.

Article 7 of the Regulations on Safeguarding Civil Aviation Against Acts of Unlawful Interference (民用航空保安管理辦法) states that the owner or operator of an aircraft must close the cabin door or passenger boarding bridge when the aircraft is not on flight duty and no person is working inside the aircraft. It must also remove the mobile staircases and service ladders.

Violators can be fined between NT$30,000 and NT$150,000.

Lee also violated the same act for failing to apply with aviation police before entering the airport’s restricted areas, the Aviation Police Office said.

She could be fined between NT$5,000 and NT$25,000, the CAA said.
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Old July 10th, 2011, 01:03 PM   #31
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Old July 18th, 2011, 08:04 PM   #32
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Mon, Jul 18, 2011
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Aviation police find the owner of lost US$10,000 in cash
Staff Writer, with CNA

A bundle of greenbacks worth US$10,000 discovered by cleaning staff at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport earlier this year has been returned to its owner after a four-month investigation, aviation police sources said on Saturday.

The search for the money’s owner began when an airport cleaner found the cash inside the pocket of a blue coat left at a passenger lounge and handed it to the Aviation Police Office on March 1, the sources said.

A document written in Vietnamese found in the same pocket provided the initial clue. With the help of a Vietnamese staff member at the airport, aviation police discovered that the document was a type of Vietnamese household registration certificate.

After careful screening of surveillance camera footage, the police tentatively concluded that the coat was inadvertently left behind by a Vietnamese-American man who boarded a US-bound China Airlines flight.

The man, who had a US passport, boarded the plane after a transit stop at Taoyuan airport on the day the coat was discovered.

“The man looked frustrated and reluctantly boarded the plane after talking with ground crew members in an agitated manner,” an aviation police officer said.

The police then contacted the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), asking it to help locate a man named “Le Hill Tan,” the English name shown on the Vietnamese document.

The AIT told airport police two months later that it could not find any information about the man in question.

However, aviation police were undaunted by the setback. They decided to check the name on the man’s passport to see if it might be different than the one used on the document in the man’s coat pocket.

“We spotted the name ‘Le Tan Huu’ after scrutinizing name lists of all transit passengers and asked the AIT again to help search for the man,” the officer said.

Late last month, the airport police were finally told by the AIT that the man had been located.
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Sun, Jul 31, 2011
Taoyuan airport runway set to be closed for repairs
Taipei Times Staff Writer, with CNA

One of the two runways at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is scheduled to be closed from Sept. 8 to Dec. 6 for repairs, which could lead to a disruption of flight departure and arrival times, airport officials said yesterday.

The officials said they planned to close both runways, one at a time, for a complete overhaul next year and in 2013, but would begin by reinforcing one this year to ensure it can handle the traffic of two runways once the major renovation work begins on the other.

The renovations are expected to take up to six months per runway.

Peak-hour arrivals and departures could be affected. Each runway can facilitate 30 takeoffs and landings per hour, but the number of flights departing from or arriving at the airport during peak periods surpasses that number, civil aviation officials said.

However, the officials said that if takeoffs and landings were properly handled, the delays would not be long.

Airport officials also said the impact on flight times would be limited because most new flights have been scheduled to land and take off during off-peak hours.

The runway that will be repaired this year has already been in use for 32 years, overextending its maximum term of use by more than 10 years, the officials said.

A renovation plan was proposed a decade ago, but was shelved because of disagreements among experts over what materials should be used to construct the new runways, they added.

The other runway has been in use for 28 years.

Aviation officials described the runways as “clothes with many patches” and said that maintenance staff have to mend holes in the runways almost every day. Several pilots have also complained that the runway’s uneven surfaces often damage aircraft tires.
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If Terminal 3 of Taoyuan Airport, to be built just southwest of Terminal 2, is built, then will this mean the airport will be at full buildout or should there be more expansion?
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MRT Airport Line flies high in Hsinchu County
Taipei Times Staff Writer, with CNA
Sat, Aug 06, 2011

Amid high winds and occasional rain caused by Typhoon Muifa passing to the east of Taiwan, the Bureau of High Speed Rail (BHSR) held a ceremony yesterday to celebrate the completion of the elevated section of a new metro line that will connect Taipei with Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Construction of the 51km-long MRT Airport Line’s main structure has been finished, BHSR officials announced. Now the project enters a new stage in which the installation of electronic systems will take place.

Barring any glitches, the long-anticipated metro system will be able to start commercial services by June 2013.

The MRT Airport Line, one of the government’s 10 Major National Construction Projects, starts from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 2, extends eastward to Terminal 1, and passes through townships in Taoyuan County and districts of New Taipei City (新北市), including Linkou (林口), Gueishan (龜山), Sinjhuang (新莊), Taishan (泰山) and Sanchong (三重), before entering Taipei City.

The line also reaches southward through Taoyuan’s high-speed rail station to Jhongli City (中壢).

It consists of 22 stations, of which 15 are elevated and seven are underground, with two maintenance depots. The elevated section stretches for 40km.

The Airport Line connects key transport hubs in northern Taiwan, including the Taipei Main Station, Taoyuan High-Speed Railway Station and the airport, as well as Taipei City’s metro network.

The NT$113.85 billion (US$3.9 billion) project brings together international air and domestic traffic services, BHSR said.

BHSR officials added that one of the project’s unique features is the elevated section crossing National Highway No. 1, which sports v-shaped bridge piers. The bridge, spanning 279m, enables a broad visual field for drivers on the highway, officials said, calling the flyover a landmark structure.
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If Terminal 3 of Taoyuan Airport, to be built just southwest of Terminal 2, is built, then will this mean the airport will be at full buildout or should there be more expansion?
Yes, Terminal 3 is the last planned terminal for the airport. It's supposed to have a capacity 43 million passengers/year, which is more than the other two currently combined.
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Wed, Aug 17, 2011
Taoyuan airport readies service for business travelers
Taipei Times

The nation’s entrepreneurs are being invited to sample the services on offer at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s business traveler center, which is scheduled to begin trial operations next month.

State-run Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) said yesterday that many airports throughout Asia, including those in Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Thailand, offer a paid service designed specifically for business travelers.

Based on this business model, TIAC said the soon-to-be-launched business travel center would be located between the airport’s first and second terminals, and the three-story facility would be equipped with its own passages to the terminals.

While regular international flight passengers are told to arrive at the airport two hours before boarding to allow time to check in their luggage and go through security screening, TIAC said travelers paying to use the business travel center only need to be at the airport about 40 minutes before boarding.

They can drive directly into the airport’s restricted zone and park their vehicles right in front of the center.

A separate group of customs, inspection and quarantine officials will be stationed on the ground floor of the center to expedite the inspection process and customers will be assisted by a personal secretary, who will accompany them to the boarding gate.

The center has a multimedia conference room, as well as 16 segregated areas allowing business travelers to enjoy their meals without any disruption. It is also equipped with a spa, sauna and gymnasium. Those requesting massages or hair cuts and styling will have to pay an additional fee and make an appointment in advance.

TIAC said the one-time service charge is NT$8,000 once the center officially opens in October. Those wishing to use the services at the business travel center need to make appointments three days before departure.

Meanwhile, Taipei International Airport (Songshan) might finish construction of an independent terminal to service users of private jet services after the Lunar New Year holidays next year.

The airport said that entrepreneurs and businesspeople prefer to fly in private jets to Songshan because of its location in Taipei and its close proximity to Neihu Technology Park, therefore saving a lot of time for business travelers.

Statistics from the Taipei Aviation Office showed a total of 376 private jets landed and departed from the airport between January and last month, up 100 percent from the same time last year.

In addition to an independent customs facility and a multimedia conference room, the airport said the terminal would have its own airport ramp and aircraft depot.

In related news, construction of the Operations Control Center for the Airport Rail will soon begin after the equipment begins arriving in October, the Bureau of High Speed Rail said yesterday.

The bureau said the control center would be equipped with a supervisory control and data acquisition system, which help detects earthquakes and other forms of natural disasters.
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Sun, Aug 21, 2011
Taipei airport woos jet-setters with fancy services
Taipei Times Staff Writer, with CNA

Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) will soon offer a number of services for wealthy business travelers.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said there were plans to build an aircraft depot and passages to terminals for private jets.

Because of the airport’s proximity to downtown Taipei, it has become a destination for private jets. According to CAA statistics, a total of 367 private jets landed and departed from the airport during the past seven months.

“Businesspeople traveling frequently between Taipei, Tokyo and Shanghai are our target clients,” Civil Aeronautics Administration Deputy Director-General Chen Tien-tsyh (陳天賜) said.

Songshan airport’s plan to upgrade facilities for private jets came after a recent announcement by Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport that it would also start the trial operation of a private jet center next month, adding that the deluxe service would reduce the time for boarding procedures for international passengers from two hours to 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, Chuang I-chin, Taipei Songshan Airport Intelligent Library director, yesterday said that the library had attracted more than 20,000 readers since it opened in June.

Songshan airport opened the nation’s first airport library in an effort to diversify services for travelers.

The library, which is not staffed, is equipped with an automatic checkout system so travelers can serve themselves.

Locals and foreigners can borrow books using an EasyCard, the electronic card widely used in -Taipei to pay for public transport or buy products.

With publications ranging from travel and language to popular culture, Chaung said many use the library before boarding to find an ideal travel companion.

As almost all the library’s 10,000 books are in Chinese, she said, her priority is to build up a collection in foreign languages.

Citing the example of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, which established the world’s first airport library last year, CAA officials said it was a smart way to showcase the country.
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Taoyuan airport in the doldrums
FEWER TRANSITS:Officials said it was unlikely border control policy would soon be relaxed in order to attract transit passengers wishing to avoid Beijing and Shanghai
Taipei Times Staff Writer, with CNA

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the nation’s largest and busiest airport, recorded major declines in both its volume of passengers and cargo transfers in the first half of the year, a worrying sign for the airport’s new operator, Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC).

TIAC, a state-run company, was established with funding from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on Nov. 1 last year to manage the airport. One of its major stated goals is to develop the airport into a regional air transportation center.

According to TIAC statistics released on Friday, the airport’s passenger traffic volume fell to 11.94 million arrivals in the first six months of the year, a decline of 4.1 percent from the same period last year.

Among the arrivals, 892,600 passengers made transit stops in Taiwan, a 14.9 percent decline from 1.05 million people last year, the statistics showed.

In terms of cargo shipments, transportation volume stood at 817,433 tonnes in the first half of the year, a year-on-year decline of 6.7 percent. Among the cargo shipments, 284,681 tonnes were transshipped cargo, falling by 14.03 percent from 331,127 tonnes in the same period last year.

“The figures are a warning sign,” said TIAC chairman Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時), who doubles as deputy minister of transportation and communications.

If the airport wants to become an East Asia transportation hub, it must be able to attract transit passengers from China, Yeh said.

According to a TIAC analysis, many inland Chinese airports only provide limited international air services. Therefore, passengers in inland cities who want to travel to other countries must first fly to Beijing and Shanghai to transit.

Because the Beijing and Shanghai airports are often overloaded, Taiwan could be a good option for Chinese passengers transiting overseas, TIAC researchers said.

However, to attract Chinese transit passengers, Taiwan must lift restrictions on their entry to Taiwan. Such a measure can’t be adopted, however, without relaxing the country’s border control policy, officials at the Civil Aeronautics Administration said, adding that the issue would be difficult to resolve in the short term.
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