Taoyuan International Airport
|Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Táiwān Táoyuán Gúojì Jīchǎng
|IATA: TPE – ICAO: RCTP|
|Owner||Government of the Republic of China|
|Operator||Taoyuan International Airport Corporation|
|Serves||Taipei, Taoyuan, and Hsinchu|
|Location||Taoyuan City, Taiwan|
|Focus city for||Cathay Pacific|
|Elevation AMSL||33 m / 108 ft|
|Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport|
|Traditional Chinese||台灣桃園國際機場 or 臺灣桃園國際機場|
|Chiang Kai-shek International Airport|
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (IATA: TPE, ICAO: RCTP) is an international airport serving the capital city of Taiwan, Taipei, and the northern parts of the country. Located about 40 km west of Taipei in Dayuan District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, the airport is Taiwan's largest airport. It is one of five Taiwanese airports with regular international flights, and is by far the busiest international air entry point amongst them. It is the main international hub for China Airlines and EVA Air.
The airport opened for commercial operations in 1979 and is an important regional trans-shipment center, passenger hub, and gateway for destinations in China and the rest of Asia. The airport was formerly known as Chiang Kai-shek International Airport (CKS International Airport) until the name was changed on 6 September 2006 to its current name.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is one of two airports that serves Taipei and northern Taiwan; the other, Taipei Songshan Airport, is located within Taipei City limits and served Taipei as its international airport until 1979. Songshan now mainly serves chartered flights, most of which are to and from mainland China (see cross-strait charter), domestic flights, and some international flights.
Taiwan Taoyuan handled a total of 30,701,987 passengers and 1,571,814,300 kg of freight in 2013. The airport is the 15th busiest airport worldwide in terms of international passengers number and 10th busiest in terms of international freight traffic.
- 1 Origin of the name
- 2 History
- 3 Terminals
- 4 Airlines and destinations
- 5 Operations
- 6 Airport facilities
- 7 Ground transportation
- 8 Other facilities
- 9 Awards
- 10 Future developments
- 11 Incidents and accidents
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Origin of the name
The airport, originally planned as Taoyuan International Airport, bore the name of late President Chiang Kai-shek until 2006. In Chinese, its former name was literally "Chung-Cheng (Zhongzheng) International Airport", where Chung-Cheng is the legal given name which Chiang Kai-shek had used since the 1910s. In Taiwan, Chiang Kai-shek is associated with the Chinese Nationalist Party or Kuomintang and its many years of one-party authoritarian rule. Local officials in Taoyuan City and members of the Pan-Green Coalition often referred to the hub by the name originally associated with it: "Taoyuan International Airport". News organizations and local residents sometimes combined the two commonly used names as "Taoyuan Chung-Cheng Airport."
The Executive Yuan of then-President Chen Shui-bian's administration officially approved the name Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for the hub on September 6, 2006. The opposition Kuomintang, which together with its political allies held a one-vote majority in the Legislative Yuan, decried the change and proposed "Taiwan Taoyuan Chiang Kai-shek International Airport" instead. The disagreement, like those affecting the names of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and other Taiwan landmarks, stands as another manifestation of the trend known as Taiwan localization among pan-Green officials and desinicization by Pan-Blue Coalition. The media in mainland China has always referred to the airport as "Taoyuan International Airport" so as to avoid mentioning Chiang Kai-shek. Despite the name change, the airport is still known as Chiang Kai-Shek (CKS) International Airport in all official records of IATA.
In the 1970s, the original airport in Taipei City — Taipei Songshan Airport — had become overcrowded and could not be expanded due to space limitations. Thus, a new airport was planned to alleviate congestion. The new airport opened (with Terminal 1) on February 26, 1979, as part of the Ten Major Construction Projects pursued by the government in the 1970s. The airport was originally planned under the name Taoyuan International Airport but was later changed to Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in memory of former President Chiang Kai-shek.
The airport is the main hub of China Airlines, the ROC's flag carrier, as well as EVA Air, a private airline established in 1989. Overcrowding of the airport in recent years prompted the construction of Terminal 2, which was opened on July 29, 2000, with half of its gates operational; EVA Air was the first airline to move into Terminal 2. The remaining gates opened on January 21, 2005 for China Airlines. (Making China Airlines the only airline to operate from both terminals.) There are plans for the construction of a third terminal, which will be built to alleviate congestion in Terminals 1 and 2.
In January 2006, a Foreign Laborers' Service Center was set up to provide airport pick-up services and serve the needs of migrant workers. There are service desks in the Arrival lobby of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, and in the Departure lobby of Terminal 1. Service hotlines in Vietnamese, Thai, English, and Indonesian are provided.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport currently has two terminals which are connected by two, short people movers. A third terminal is planned, and a rapid transit system currently under construction will link the terminals together underground.
Terminal 1 is the original passenger terminal of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The design of the building is based on the main terminal of Washington Dulles International Airport. The five-story, 169,500-m2 terminal, along with the airport, opened in 1979 to relieve the overcrowded Taipei Songshan Airport. All international flights were moved to the airport following the completion of this terminal. Terminal 1 featured 22 gates. A row of 11 gates are located on the north end of the airfield facing the north runway and another row of 11 gates are located on the south end airfield facing the south runway. The two concourses that contained the airplane gates are linked together by a main building that contained the check-in areas, baggage claim, passport immigration areas, and security checkpoint areas. Together they form a giant "H". All gates are equipped with jetways. Gates located at the end of the concourses have one jetway and gates not located at the end of the concourses have two jetways. The terminal used to be very white in color when it first opened. As the years gradually passed, the façade and color has become more tan and yellow colored due to air pollution in Taipei.
After the completion of Terminal 2, some gates from Terminal 1 were removed to make space for Terminal 2. Currently Terminal 1 has 18 gates. Alphabetical letters were introduced when Terminal 2 was completed. The north concourse is now Concourse A and the south concourse is now Concourse B. Before Terminal 2, gates were numbered from 1 to 22. China Airlines uses Concourse A for the majority of its flights in Terminal 1, while the third largest carrier of the airport, Cathay Pacific, operates most of its flights at Concourse B.
Terminal 1 renovation
Terminal 1 is also currently undergoing a $57.4 million renovation consisting of an exterior facelift (designed by Japanese architect Norihiko Dan) and a renovated interior. It will also include construction of dividing walls on the east and west sides of the terminal, renovation of the arrival and departure halls, and construction of new parking garages. It will double its floor area, expand the number of check-in counters, and have enlarged shopping areas. It is expected to increase Terminal 1's capacity from 12 million to 15 million passengers per year when completed. The renovation will take place during late hours to avoid congestion during peak hours. It is scheduled to be completed in second quarter 2012.
Terminal 2 opened in 2000 to reduce congestion in the aging Terminal 1. Only the South Concourse had been completed by the time the terminal opened. The South Concourse alone has 10 gates, each with 2 jetways and their own security checkpoints. The North Concourse opened later in 2005, bringing the total number of gates for Terminal 2 to 20 gates; the security checkpoints were moved to a central location in front of the passport control. The 318,000-m2 facility is capable of handling 17 million passengers per year.
The Southern and Northern Concourses are also known as Concourse C and Concourse D, respectively. Terminals 1 and 2 are connected by two short people mover lines, with one from Concourse A to D, and the other from B to C. China Airlines uses Concourse D for the majority of its flights in Terminal 2 while EVA Air uses Concourse C for most of its operations.
Terminal 2 is also currently undergoing an expansion project that will increase the terminal's annual passenger capacity by 5 million people.
Airlines and destinations
|Operations and Statistics|
|Cargo (current)||1.7m tonnes|
|1||Hong Kong||6,636,190||Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Air, Hong Kong Airlines|
|2||Tokyo-Narita||1,944,506||All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Delta, EVA Air, Japan Airlines, Scoot, TransAsia Airways, Vanilla Air|
|3||Osaka-Kansai||1,669,232||Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, EVA Air, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways, Peach, TransAsia Airways|
|4||Singapore||1,523,105||China Airlines, EVA Air, Jetstar Asia Airways, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Tigerair, Tigerair Taiwan|
|5||Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi||1,402,956||China Airlines, EVA Air, Thai Airways, TransAsia Airways|
|6||Seoul-Incheon||1,371,865||Asiana, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, EVA Air, Korean Air, Scoot, Thai Airways|
|7||Shanghai-Pudong||1,177,211||Air China, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, EVA Air, Juneyao Airlines, Spring Airlines, TransAsia Airways|
|8||Macau||951,955||Air Macau, EVA Air, TransAsia Airways|
|9||Los Angeles||888,433||China Airlines, EVA Air|
|10||Kuala Lumpur||836,666||Air Asia X, China Airlines, EVA Air, Malaysia Airlines|
|11||Beijing-Capital||762,825||Air China, China Airlines, EVA Air, Hainan Airlines|
|12||Ho Chi Minh City||696,075||China Airlines, EVA Air, Vietjet Air, Vietnam Airlines|
|13||Manila||645,212||Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, EVA Air, Philippine Airlines|
|14||Fukuoka||623,960||Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, EVA Air|
|15||San Francisco||546,784||China Airlines, EVA Air|
|5||China Eastern Airlines||857,354|
|6||China Southern Airlines||767,101|
|8||Hong Kong Airlines||601,650|
The airport is operated by the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation, a company wholly owned by the Government of Taiwan. The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) is responsible for the provision of air traffic control services, certification of Taiwan registered aircraft, and the regulation of general civil aviation activities.
The airport has two parallel runways, with one 3660 meters in length and another 3350 meters in length and both 60 meters wide, enabling them to cater to the next generation of aircraft. The south runway has been given a Category I Precision Approach, while the north runway has the higher Category II Precision Approach, which allows pilots to land in only 350-metre visibility. The two runways have an ultimate capacity of over 60 aircraft movements an hour. The Airport is upgrading ATC and runways.
There are 41 frontal stands at the main passenger concourse, 15 remote stands and 25 cargo stands. The airport was the seventh busiest for passenger traffic in Asia in 2010, and the world's fourteenth busiest for cargo traffic in 2008.
The operation of scheduled air services to and from Taoyuan is facilitated by air services agreements between Taiwan and other countries. Since the opening of RCTP, the Taiwan Government has implemented a policy of progressive liberalisation of air services with the intention of promoting consumer choice and competition. Many low-cost airlines have started various regional routes to compete head-on with full-service carriers on trunk routes.
The airport's long term expansion opportunities are subject to variables. An NTD 300 billion proposal to build a third runway and a third terminal has been under feasibility study and consultation. However, building a new runway would be very expensive as it would involve a huge compensation for acquiring land.
Transportation between Terminal 1 and 2 is provided by the TTIA Skytrain, a driverless people mover system. The train transports both passengers who have cleared security and those who have not through separate train cars.
Airport Business Center
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport recently finished developing the airports business travel center in late 2011. The facility is a three-story building located between the first and second terminals. Business travelers paying to use the travel center can drive into the airports restricted zone and park their cars directly in front of the building. This allows business travelers to arrive at the airport much closer to the actual departure time versus arriving two hours before departure time like most regular international passengers are required to do. The business center is equipped with over 15 isolated areas allowing travelers to eat their meals without any distractions or disruptions. The facility also includes a spa, sauna, and gymnasium that are available for use by travelers. However, all of these luxuries come with a one-time price tag of $8,000. Travelers who wish to use the facility must make reservations at least three days in advance. Statistics showed that 376 private jets landed and departed the airport through a six month timeframe in 2011; this is a 100 percent increase from the same time frame in 2010
Huan Yu VIP Terminal
Huan Yu VIP Terminal, also known as the Taoyuan Business Aviation Centre (TYBAC), began service in September 2011 and was officially opened in mid-October 2011. The three-story facility will have its own terminal and facilities separate from the public terminals. It will provide a multimedia conference room, passenger lounge, private rooms and showers, spa, sauna, gym, and business centre facilities. Other services that will be provided include ground handling, baggage handling, fuelling, security, customs and flight planning. Passengers planning to utilize TYBAC must sign up (to the Taiwanese immigration service) 3 days before use.
Baggage and cargo facilities
The handling and transportation of mail, passenger baggage, cargo, and the operation of aerobridges and passenger stairways in Taoyuan Airport is provided by Taoyuan International Airport Services Limited (TIAS) and Evergreen Airline Services (EGAS).
TTIA currently handles over 1.5 million tonnes of cargo annually. There are two air cargo terminals in the airport: one operated by Taiwan Air Cargo Terminals Limited and the other operated by Evergreen Air Cargo Services.
Aircraft maintenance services
China Airlines Engineering and Maintenance Organization (CALEMO) and Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EGAT) both offers maintenance services at the airport. With its huge base, CALEMO, with a market share of over 75%, can offer maintenance service of 5 huge airliners, ex. Boeing 747, at a time or 3 Boeing 747s and another Airbus A330 at a time. In addition, EGAT is capable of aircraft conversion programs, such as the Dreamlifter program.
Frequent buses link the airport to Taipei, Taoyuan District, Zhongli District, Taichung, Banqiao, Changhua, and THSR's Taoyuan Station. Bus terminals are present at both terminals.
The Taoyuan International Airport MRT is scheduled to begin service in December 2015 and will link both terminals to Taipei and Zhongli District, Taoyuan City. Express services will allow for travel to Taipei Station in 35 minutes. The Taiwan High Speed Rail Taoyuan Station is about 8 km (5.0 mi) away and is accessible by shuttle bus. When the Airport Access MRT System is completed, the station will also be accessible by rail.
Taxi queues are outside the arrival halls of both terminals and are available 24 hours a day. They are metered and subject to a 15-percent surcharge.
China Airlines has its headquarters, CAL Park (Chinese: 華航園區; pinyin: Huáháng Yuánqū),) on the grounds of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. CAL Park, located at the airport entrance forms a straight line with Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and the future Terminal 3.
Located adjacent to the Aviation Museum and the convention center is the Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, which opened in November 2009. The 360-room hotel is equipped with restaurants, recreation and fitness centers, and a hair salon and spa.
The Chung Cheng Aviation Museum (Chinese: 中正航空科學館) is located in the south-eastern area of the airport between the main freeway entrance and the terminals. It was built in 1981 by Boeing under CAA contract. Many retired Republic of China Air Force fighters are represented here. Its purpose is to preserve aviation history and provide public understanding of the civil aviation industry.
- Airport Service Quality (Airports Council International) Best Airport in 15–25 million passengers level (2008).
- Best Airport Security Processing (Skytrax World Airport Reports 2011)
The runways and taxiways are set to be expanded by early 2015 to accommodate large planes (including the Airbus A380) at a cost of NT$10.7 billion. The runways will undergo their first major resurfacing and length extension in 30 years. Navigation facilities will also be upgraded to reduce the effects of bad weather on airport operations. Runway and navigation aid improvement projects are expected to be completed by May 2014. A high-tech US$6.4 million (NT$180 million) fence, equipped with a sensor and tracking system, will be installed around the airport by mid-2012.
As part of the "Taoyuan Aerotropolis" plan (scheduled for completion in 2019/2020), existing terminals will be expanded, a new terminal will be constructed, an aerospace industrial park will be established, and special zones for cargo, passenger and logistic services will be developed. The Taoyuan Airport MRT System is scheduled to open in December 2015, and will link the airport to Taipei and the urban centers in Taoyuan City by rail.
Terminal 2 expansion
With the amount of passengers rising beyond anticipation, the Ministry of Transportation plans to expand Terminal 2, increasing its capacity by 5 million passengers.
A third terminal is being planned and is expected to handle 43 million passengers per year when completed. The terminal will be located west of the existing Terminal 2, with facilities for entertainment, shopping, conferences and accommodations. Terminal 3 is scheduled to be completed in 2021. The Civil Aeronautics Administration has allocated NT$60 billion (US$1.9 billion) for construction of the new terminal. Bidding is expected to open at the end of 2012. A satellite terminal for check-in and additional buildings for auxiliary facilities are planned as well.
Incidents and accidents
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- Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was one of the airports targeted by the failed Project Bojinka plot in 1995.
- On February 16, 1998, China Airlines Flight 676, which was arriving from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Indonesia, crashed into a residential area while landing in poor weather, killing all 196 people on board and seven on the ground.
- On October 31, 2000, Singapore Airlines Flight 006, which was on a Singapore-Taipei-Los Angeles route rammed into construction equipment on a closed runway 05R during takeoff. The aircraft had lifted off and crashed with 83 fatalities. At the time of the incident, the northern runways were designated 05L and 05R (parallel); the latter has since been reassigned as a taxiway.
- On May 25, 2002, China Airlines Flight 611 broke up in mid-flight on the way to Hong Kong International Airport, killing all 225 people on board.
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