(Taichung Ching Chuan Kang Airport)
Táizhōng Qīngquángǎng Jīchǎng
|IATA: RMQ – ICAO: RCMQ
|Operator||Civil Aeronautics Administration
Ministry of National Defense
|Elevation AMSL||663 ft / 203 m|
|Airfreight movements in tonnes||1,819.6|
Taichung Airport (Chinese: 臺中航空站; pinyin: Taizhong Hangkong Zhan) (IATA: RMQ, ICAO: RCMQ), commonly known as Taichung Ching Chuan Kang Airport (traditional Chinese: 臺中清泉崗機場; simplified Chinese: 台中清泉岗机场; pinyin: Táizhōng Qīngquángǎng Jīchăng), is an airport located in Taichung, Taiwan for both commercial and military purposes. It is also the third international airport in Taiwan, which now provides charter services to Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Palau, as well as scheduled flights to Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Macau.
Ching Chuan Kang Airport was constructed during the Japanese rule and was named Kōkan Airport (公館空港). The airport then expanded in 1954 according to the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, and later renamed Ching Chuan Kang Air Base (清泉崗空軍基地) in memory of General Qiu Qingquan on March 20, as deputy director of Suppression General Headquarter of Xuzhou Garrison and commander-in-chief of 2nd Army whose death on January 10, 1948 marked the nationalist defeat in the Huaihai Campaign. 1966 with the airport code CCK. It was the largest air force base in the Far East at the time, allowing B-52 Stratofortress to land. During the Vietnam War, Ching Chuan Kang has become a depot for the US Air Force. The US Air Force had been garrisoning with two fighter squadrons until the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty came into force on March 3, 1955.
As to the civil service, the passenger facilities have constructed since September 4, 2003, and open to service on March 5, 2004, replacing the old Shuinan Airport (Chinese: 水湳機場, IATA: TXG) located in downtown Taichung. Ching Chuan Kang Airport has ever since become the only airport serving Taichung.
In 2003, with the demand to develop cross-strait and other international air routes from Taichung City, the Taiwan authorities made the decision to transfer airport from Shuinan Airport (TXG) to RMQ; since RMQ had been for the airbase for ROCAF, the Taiwanese CAA put a negotiation with the air force, and the air force spared an edge for building a new terminal for civil use. The first terminal completed in 2004, and all flights moved from TXG to RMQ soon afterwards. At first, Terminal 1 had served for both domestic and international arrival and departure functions until the inauguration of Terminal 2.
In 2008, the Taiwanese authorities decided to build another terminal to meet for the booming passengers' demands, and then announced "First Phase for Central Taiwan International Airport (not to be confused with Chūbu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya, Japan literally)". Terminal 2 is now serving with all international/cross-strait flights, while the older Terminal 1 is just serving with domestic flights.
Due to higher demand, a new international terminal began construction in July 2011. The completion of the terminal in 2013 will allow the airport to serve 2.55 million passengers per year. Together with the expansion of the original terminal, it is expected to cost NT$3.89 billion (US$135 million).
Airlines and destinations
Seasonal charter: Sappooro-Chitose
|China Eastern Airlines||Nanjing||2|
operated by Uni Air
|Far Eastern Air Transport||Kinmen, Magong||1|
|Far Eastern Air Transport||Shijiazhuang||2|
|Hong Kong Express Airways||Hong Kong||2|
|Mandarin Airlines||Kinmen, Magong||1|
|Mandarin Airlines||Changsha, Hangzhou, Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Meixian, Naha, Ningbo, Zhengzhou
Charter: Kota Kinabalu, Nagasaki, Shantou
|Shandong Airlines||Jinan, Qingdao||2|
|Transasia Airways||Fuzhou, Macau, Nanning, Shanghai-Pudong, Xiamen||2|
|Uni Air||Kinmen, Magong, Nangan||1|
|Uni Air||Changsha, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Shenzhen, Xiamen||2|
- "Work begins on Taichung Airport’s additional terminal". Taipei Times. 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
- "Slow pace of Taichung airport expansion frustrates local businesses". Focus Taiwan News Channel. 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
- "China Airlines to Operate Taichung - Sapporo Charter Service July - Oct 2014". Airline Route. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- Taichung Airport Official Website
- Airport information for RCMQ at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.