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Old December 11th, 2013, 01:13 PM   #141
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Old December 11th, 2013, 02:19 PM   #142
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Old February 10th, 2014, 02:19 PM   #143
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Airport gets radar to fight birds
EYE ON THE SKY:A new radar system will be installed at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to monitor birds and prevent accidents, the airport company said
Taipei Times

Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) yesterday said it would soon launch a new radar system called BSTAR to reduce bird-strike-related accidents and enhance aviation safety at the nation’s largest international airport, the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

The airport company said that BSTAR, a bird detection radar system manufactured by Syracuse-based SRC Inc, evolved and was modified from a lightweight countermortar radar used by the US Army.

“The main characteristic of the new system is its use of active electronically scanned array radar, with an effective detection distance for a single bird-strike event of 6 nautical miles [11.12km],” the company said.

“The system also gathers other relevant information through the use of a three-dimensional integrated electronic map. The information collected by the radar system would then be relayed to air traffic control officers, who could assess whether flights should be informed to avoid passing through areas prone to bird-strike accidents. Meanwhile, the system helps the airport to monitor the movement of birds in order to drive them away if they start posing a threat to flight safety,” the company added.

According to TIAC, the cost of installing such a system topped approximately NT$80 million (US$2.6 million), which covers construction of the necessary infrastructure as well as the labor costs of workers performing 24-hour manual operation of the system for six years.

The installation of the radar system is scheduled to be completed by June this year.

The company said that the contractor had recommended 11 locations around the airport in which the facilities involved in the radar system could be installed, as well as the main and secondary areas subject to its surveillance.

The company added that each location proposed by the contractor would be carefully evaluated.

Aside from installation of the bird-detection radar system, the airport company said that it would fell all trees around the airport, set up bird nets along a river running next to the runways and continue investigating the types of birds that regularly make an appearance at the airport.

Meanwhile, the number of bird-strike incidents at the airport has fallen from 64 in 2012 to 49 last year, according to the company.
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Old February 12th, 2014, 12:29 AM   #144
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Well Emirates has officially begun flights to and from TPE airport.
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Old February 14th, 2014, 07:54 AM   #145
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Emirates plans on using A380 plane for Taipei flights
12 February 2014
Taipei Times

Emirates Airlines launched its first nonstop passenger flight connecting Taiwan and Dubai on Monday, targeting growing demand from local tourists and businesspeople.

If demand picks up further, the Dubai-based carrier may begin to use its Airbus SAS-380 the largest passenger plane in the world for the route, Emirates chairman and chief executive officer Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said.

Taiwan has been an important market for Emirates since we launched freighter services to Taipei in 2003, the CEO told a press conference.

DAILY FLIGHTS

Emirates is scheduled to offer daily passenger flights between Taipei and Dubai, which may help build on the vibrant relationship in terms of trade and opportunities for business and tourism, al-Maktoum added.

The carrier set a competitive ticket price for the route.

A round ticket to any city in the Middle East covered by the airline is set at NT$30,886, including tax.

Once the overall passenger load for the route reaches 80 percent, the carrier will consider running one of its A380 planes, al-Maktoum said, adding that the pace of construction at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport may also be a factor to watch.

FIRST ENTRANT

The inaugural flight a Boeing Co 777-300ER aircraft landed on Monday afternoon, making Emirates Airlines the first global carrier to enter the Taiwan market this year.

The return flight from Taipei to Dubai, which took off on Monday, was fully loaded, with 70 percent of the passengers expected to connect to other destinations from Dubai, Emirates Airlines vice president in Hong Kong and Taiwan Edwin Lau said.

Other than Taipei, Emirates Airlines now operates service to a total of 140 destinations in 80 countries from Dubai, the carrier said in a statement.

OTHER ROUTES

The carrier will operate a regular service to Kiev later this year, followed by the route to Taipei and then one to Boston, which will be launched on March 10, the statement said.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 08:55 AM   #147
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Wed, Feb 19, 2014
Taoyuan airport to close runway for renovations
IMPACT : The airport company says it should be able to keep delays to between 10 and 20 minutes at peak hours during the 11-month runway repair closure
Taipei Times

The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will today close its southern runway for renovation for 11 months, a closure that is expected to cause flight delays of 10 to 20 minutes during peak hours.

Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) said it is scheduled to reopen the runway on Jan. 15 next year. It is the first time that the airport has had to close the runway for that length of time.

Company senior vice president Wen Yung-sung (溫永松) said that flights will land in or take off from the northern runway during the closure, and a new flight schedule has been issued to airlines to accommodate the changes.

“We think that the delays can be kept within a tolerable range of 10 to 20 minutes, but the delays may be longer if there is bad weather,” he said.

Wen said that the airport has prepared a backup taxiway on which the flights can take off under emergency situations. However, he said the taxiway would not be used for landing.

Wen said peak hours for departing flights are from 6am to 9am and from 12pm to 3pm, while for arriving flights the peak hours are generally between 3pm and 12am.

The nation’s largest airport has two runways, both in use for more than 30 years, with only partial repairs carried out on them.

The company said it began a five-year project in 2011 costing a total of NT$10.4 billion (US$346 million) to renovate the runways and taxiways, as well as to upgrade the air navigation facilities after its funding was approved by the Executive Yuan.

The renovation is intended to enable the airport to accommodate larger aircrafts, such as Airbus 380-model passenger jets, the company said.

In other developments, the company said that construction related to the Taoyuan Aerometropolis Project, a large development surrounding the Taoyuan airport, is scheduled to begin in 2016.

In addition, the airport’s third runway will have to be launched 10 years before the original target date due to a rapid increase in passengers, the company said.

TIAC president David Fei (費鴻鈞) said the passenger volume exceeded 30 million last year, registering year-on-year growth of 11 percent, and could exceed 40 million within four years at a growth rate of 10 percent per year.

“When we planned the building of Terminal Three, we expected the growth rate of passengers to be about 3 percent annually. Now the two runways may soon be unable to meet rising demand,” Fei said.

Fei added that the two runways would be crowded when the passenger volume reaches 50 million per year, adding that at that point the closure of one runway would paralyze the airport.

Previously, construction of the third runway was not to be completed until 2030, and would be built after Terminal Three is launched.

Fei said that deadline now needs to be moved to 2020 or 2021, and plans are under way to start building Terminal Three and the third runway in 2016, with both projects finishing by 2020.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 11:15 AM   #148
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Wed, Feb 19, 2014
Taoyuan airport to close runway for renovations
IMPACT : The airport company says it should be able to keep delays to between 10 and 20 minutes at peak hours during the 11-month runway repair closure
Taipei Times

The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will today close its southern runway for renovation for 11 months, a closure that is expected to cause flight delays of 10 to 20 minutes during peak hours.
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Old March 16th, 2014, 05:34 PM   #149
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Wed, Mar 12, 2014
Taoyuan airport stepping up security
LONGER LINES : Passengers on international flights should plan to arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport earlier than usual to allow more time for security checks
Taipei Times

Passengers on international flights should expect longer lines at the safety inspection and immigration checkpoints at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport after authorities heightened security levels following a report of a potential terrorist attack at the Beijing Capital International Airport.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration and the Aviation Police Bureau confirmed on Monday that they received a tip last week from a person claiming to be part of a French counterterrorism group that the East Turkestan Islamic Movement had planned an attack at the Beijing airport similar to the one that occurred at the Kunming Railway Station earlier this month.

Taoyuan International Airport Corp said the National Immigration Agency has connected its system to a counterterrorism database in the US.

The identification of any suspicious individual would be fully checked before the agency would allow them to enter the country, officials said. The airlines will not issue boarding passes to such individuals until they receive a confirmation from the agency.

Airport authorities say they will also increase security and inspection of Beijing-bound flights, particularly with regards to check-in luggage and aircraft cabins.

The Aviation Police will increase patrols inside and outside the terminals and may ask passengers to present valid identification or travel documents.

In view of the heightened security efforts, passengers are advised to arrive early at the airport for check-in and security checks.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of National Defense has deployed a plane to the South China Sea for the second straight day to help in the international search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on Saturday last week.

A C-130 transport plane left early yesterday after a search of areas southwest of the Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島) on Monday failed to detect any trace of the missing plane, the ministry said.

The military will keep in touch with the Malaysian authorities to decide on further action, ministry spokesman Major General David Lo (羅紹和) said.

The government has no plans to contact China over the search because the international search efforts are mostly being coordinated by Malaysia, Lo said.

Twelve nations, including Taiwan, are taking part in the efforts to find the plane, the ministry said.

Taiwan has also dispatched a Chengkung-class navy frigate and two Coast Guard Administration vessels to waters between Malaysia and Vietnam to help in the search efforts. The ships are expected to reach the area on Friday.

Air traffic controllers lost contact with the Malaysia Airlines flight, which was carrying 227 passengers — including Chuang Shiu-ling (莊秀玲) from Taiwan — and a 12-person crew, early on Saturday morning.
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Old March 17th, 2014, 01:03 PM   #150
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T3 might be coming too late? With a 10% growth rate, T1 and T2 combined will exceed its current capacity in 2014/2015. One potential solution is to convert the hotel temporarily to a LCC terminal
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Old March 20th, 2014, 06:09 PM   #151
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Tue, Mar 18, 2014
Aviation museum to make way for airport’s Terminal 3
Taipei Times

The Chung Cheng Aviation Museum is to officially close at the end of this month to make way for the construction of Terminal Three of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) said yesterday.

Previously, the Civil Aeronautics Administration had planned to close the museum in September last year.

Opened in 1981 on the grounds of the Taoyuan airport, the museum was built by Boeing Co and has proven popular as a field-trip destination for elementary and junior-high school students.

TIAC said 18 retired aircraft and model airplanes shown in the museum will be relocated in the second half of this year to a former naval base near the Taoyuan airport, on which the new aviation museum is to be built.

Archives and other display items in the museum are to be temporarily stored in the company’s warehouse.

Based on the company’s construction plan, the new aviation museum building is to be constructed on a property of six hectares, with a total floor space of 8264m2.

Meanwhile, the facilities in the base used by the air force’s Black Cat Squadron are also to be remodeled and become part of the museum’s exhibition, the company said.

Formed in 1961, the squadron carried out reconnaissance flights in U2 surveillance planes to gather intelligence on the military build-up in China and on the Sino-Soviet border.

The squadron stopped its reconnaissance tasks shortly after then-US president Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing in 1972 and it was disbanded in 1974.

Between 1961 and 1974, five U2 aircraft were shot down by Chinese air defense, with three pilots killed and two captured.

In addition, six pilots were killed in training missions and one died while performing a mission off the east coast of China.
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United Airlines to Launch San Francisco-Taipei, Boost Houston-Tokyo Service this Weekend
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SAN FRANCISCO and HOUSTON, March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines is expanding its extensive trans-Pacific network this weekend, connecting its San Francisco hub with Taipei, Taiwan, beginning Saturday, and launching a second daily flight between Houston and Tokyo on Sunday.

United will host inaugural gate events in both San Francisco and Houston, marking the importance of these flights to tourism and economic development.

United will operate both services with Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The aircraft flying San Francisco-Taipei will offer 269 seats -- eight in United Global First, 40 in United BusinessFirst and 221 in United Economy, including 113 extra-legroom United Economy Plus seats.

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In United Global First and United BusinessFirst, United offers customers seats that recline into fully flat beds, personal on-demand entertainment, in-seat power and USB ports, enabling travelers to rest or to be productive in-flight. Customers in United Economy also enjoy personal, on-demand entertainment at every seat and in-seat power.

United is the only U.S. airline to offer the comfort of flat-bed seats in its premium cabins on every long-haul, international flight from the continental United States. The airline also offers more extra-legroom economy seating than any U.S. airline.

These Taipei and Tokyo additions come as United plans to introduce three-times-weekly Boeing 787 service June 9 between San Francisco and Chengdu, China, pending government approval. This nonstop service would be the first by a U.S. airline from the United States to mainland China, beyond Beijing and Shanghai. The company also plans to offer, subject to government approval, nonstop Boeing 787 service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, six times weekly beginning Oct. 26.

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San Francisco-Taipei Service

Beginning Saturday, flight 871 will depart San Francisco daily at 1:50 p.m. and arrive in Taipei at 6:30 p.m. the next day. For the return, flight 872 will depart Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport daily at 11:10 a.m. and arrive at San Francisco International Airport at 7:30 a.m. the same day. (All times are local.)

With the addition of Taipei, the airline will offer nonstop flights between San Francisco and eight cities in the Asia-Pacific region.

United is the largest carrier at San Francisco International Airport, offering nearly 300 daily flights to more than 90 destinations worldwide, more than any other airline from the Bay Area. From its San Francisco hub, United also offers more nonstop trans-Pacific service to and from the United States than any other airline, with nonstop flights to Taipei, Beijing, Hong Kong, Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai and Sydney.

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Wed, Jul 09, 2014
Some airlines shifting terminals in Taoyuan
RECONFIGURING : Passenger capacity had to be adjusted while Terminal One was under renovation. Since the work was finished, passenger numbers are being adjusted
Taipei Times

The Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) yesterday said that it has moved some international airlines from Terminal Two to Terminal One at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to ease the congestion caused by an increase in passenger numbers in recent years.

TIAC senior vice president Wen Yung-sung (溫永松) said that the passenger volume in the nation’s largest international airport is predicted to top 34 million this year. Terminal One was designed to accommodate 15 million passengers per year, while Terminal Two was designed for a maximum of 17 million passengers annually, he said.

The number of outbound passengers could reach 6,500 during peak hours, while the number of inbound passengers could top 5,000 in peak hours, he said.

The crowded check-in areas mean passengers are likely to experience a decline in service quality, he said.

“Ideally, the percentage of passengers accessing Terminal One to those in Terminal Two should be 47 percent to 53 percent. However, renovation work in Terminal One meant we had to change the ratio to 39 percent to 61 percent,” Wen said.

“Starting in November 2012, we began encouraging airlines assigned to Terminal Two to move to Terminal One. New airlines starting service from Taiwan will all be placed in Terminal One,” he said.

Renovation work in Terminal One was completed in June last year.

According to Wen, the airlines that had voluntarily moved to Terminal One were mostly low-cost carriers, such as AirAsia, Peach Aviation, Vanilla Air and Spring Airlines.

Emirates, which launched flights from Taiwan in February, as well as the Moscow-based Transaero Airlines, which launched a Moscow-Taipei route last week, are also based at Terminal One, he said.

In principle, the budget airlines will all operate from Terminal One in the future, he said.

The challenging part of the relocation was that the airlines were simply reluctant to move, since it involved shifting their offices, check-in counters and personnel, he said.

Passengers had to get used to leaving from a different terminal as well, he said, noting that AirAsia had to inform its passengers as well as partner travel agencies about the change in its location at the airport.

Relocating some airlines to Terminal One has helped adjust the passenger ratio between the two terminals, creating a ratio of 43 percent to 57 percent as of last month, ensuring that the service quality could be maintained at a certain level, TIAC said.

TIAC announced this week that Terminal Three would not be ready for use until 2021, instead of the original schedule of 2018.

TIAC president David Fei (費鴻鈞) said that the company had previously estimated passenger growth through 2030.

The company later decided to reassess passenger growth through 2032, which consequently meant the terminal’s capacity needed to be increased and the construction period had to be extended, he said.

In the meantime, TIAC will expand Terminal Two’s service area by about 20,000m2 to meet the demand brought about by the rapid growth in passengers.

Company statistics showed that the average passenger growth in the Taoyuan airport between January and May this year was 13.23 percent.

The number of passengers in May grew by 21.74 percent over May last year.

In comparison, Singapore Changi Airport, Narita International Airport in Japan, Hong Kong International Airport and Incheon International Airport in South Korea saw passenger growth ranging from 1.76 percent to 7.56 percent in May, TIAC said.
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Wed, Jul 23, 2014
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Taoyuan airport sees a surge in passenger numbers

Passenger volumes at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport showed double-digit growth in the first half of the year, faring better than other major airports in East and Southeast Asia.

Statistics from Taoyuan International Airport Corp showed that 16.68 million visitors used the airport from January to last month, up 13 percent from the same time last year. Passenger volume in May alone grew 21.74 percent compared with the same month last year, the highest among the past six months.

The airport operator said the dramatic increase in passenger numbers in May — a low season for travel — was due to the popularity of budget airlines and marketing campaigns launched by travel agencies and airline companies.

Because of these two factors, the number of outbound passengers rose 24.7 percent, with the top three travel destinations for Taiwanese tourists being Japan, China and Hong Kong.

Taiwanese visitors to Japan climbed almost 42 percent, the company said.

Inbound and transit passengers at Taoyuan airport expanded 21.31 percent and 5.47 percent respectively, with a majority of them arriving from China and Japan, as well as Hong Kong and Macau.

The number of Chinese tourists arriving through the free independent traveler program exceeded 500,000 in the past six months, marking a 100 percent increase from the same period last year.

The company said it has initiated a series of measures starting this month to cope with the rise in passengers, including increasing the number of cleaners for the airport’s restrooms as well as expanding safety inspection areas.

The airport operator said it plans to expand the service area in Terminal Two, with the construction expected to be completed within two years.

Passenger volumes at Taoyuan airport could reach 34 million this year, the company said.

Elsewhere, the number of passengers using Changi airport in Singapore and Narita airport in Japan grew 1.76 percent and 5.61 percent respectively between January and May.

Passengers using Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport and Incheon airport in South Korea were up by 6.3 percent and 7.8 percent respectively.
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Taoyuan land seizures could start next year
23 August 2014
Taipei Times

The government could next year secure the land needed to build a third runway part of the core of the Taoyuan Aerotropolis Project at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih said yesterday.

It is impossible that the entire project will be completed during my term. However, I hope that it can enter an irreversible phase next year, meaning that it can continue without any difficulty, he said.

Yeh said that the project had secured approval from the urban planning review committee last month and the land-seizure plan could be approved by the task force reviewing it by the end of this year.

If the process proceeds smoothly, the ministry would be able to acquire the real estate for the third runway next year, he added.

Yeh said that the ministry would see less opposition from residents because they live near the ocean and want to move to places with better job opportunities.

The ministry has also said that displaced residents would move to houses that the government would have built prior to their relocation, Yeh said.

Yeh also said that the government would not force people to move, except for households in an area that might see high aviation safety risks.

Yeh made the comments yesterday in an interview with Ying Nai-ching on her evening news program on UFO Radio.

Yeh also accented what he described as the urgent need to expand capacity for Terminal Two and start building Terminal Three, adding that he hoped that construction could begin next year as well.

Terminals One and Two in the Taoyuan Airport have capacity for 32 million travelers per year, but the airports passenger volume reached 30 million last year, he said. Expanding the service area in Terminal Two would increase its capacity by 5 million, to meet demand in the short term. We cannot wait for Terminal Three to be completed, which would take about six years.

Meanwhile, the Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) said that it is set to hold a request for information session on Sept. 25 for architecture firms design proposals for Terminal Three in a public tender next year.

In addition to being a new Taiwan landmark, Terminal Three should be able to accommodate 45 million passengers per year, it said.

TIAC invited those interested in the seminar to register before Sept. 5. For detailed information and the invitation letter, it directs interested parties to visit www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/terminal3
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 01:59 AM   #158
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From today, you can also discuss any developments from Taipei's Song Shan Airport (TSA) on this thread since it also serves Taipei. While it may have a limited international operation than Taoyuan, Song Shan operates to many important points in Asia and within Taiwan.
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 02:44 AM   #159
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From TSA:

TransAsia Airways A321-200 (WL) (reg. B-22608)

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