Taichung International Airport
|Taichung International Airport|
|Operator||Civil Aeronautics Administration|
Ministry of National Defense
|Location||Taichung City, Taiwan|
|Elevation AMSL||663 ft / 203 m|
Taichung International Airport (Chinese: 臺中國際機場) (IATA: RMQ, ICAO: RCMQ), previously known as Ching Chuan Kang Airport (清泉崗機場), is an international airport located in Taichung City, Taiwan for both commercial and military purposes. It is also the third international airport in Taiwan, with scheduled services to Mainland China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.
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Taichung International Airport was constructed during the era of Japanese rule and was named Kōkan Airport (Japanese: 公館空港). The United States Air Force (USAF) had been garrisoning the base with two fighter squadrons until the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty came into force on March 3, 1955. The airport then expanded in 1954 according to the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, and later renamed Ching Chuan Kang Air Base (CCK) in memory of General Ching Chuan Kang. In 1966 the American Air Force established a joint forces air-base at CCK. It was the largest air force base in the Far East at the time, allowing Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers to land. During the Vietnam War, CCK became a depot for the USAF. The US Military used CCK air base and Shuinan airbase to run many of its long-distance Vietnam, Cambodia and Laotian bombing, scouting and cargo transport runs during the Vietnam conflict era. This base was shut down and most American facilities were removed after U.S. established diplomatic relations with the China in 1979.
Construction of passenger facilities was completed in September 2003 and civilian services began on March 5, 2004, replacing the old Shuinan Airport located in downtown Taichung. Ching Chuan Kang Airport has since become the only airport serving Taichung. The airport has been promoted to an international airport officially on Jan 03, 2017 and named as Taichung International Airport (臺中國際機場).
In 2003, with the demand to develop cross-strait and other international air routes from Taichung City, Taiwanese officials made the decision to transfer airports from Shuinan Airport (TXG) to RMQ; since RMQ had been for the airbase for ROCAF, the Taiwanese CAA held negotiations with the air force, which led to the air force allowing an edge for building a new civilian terminal. The first terminal was completed in 2004, and all flights moved from TXG to RMQ soon afterwards. Terminal 1 originally had sole responsibility for domestic and international arrivals and departures until the completion of Terminal 2.
In 2008, Taiwanese officials decided to build another terminal to meet booming passenger demand, which led to the announcement of the "First Phase for Central Taiwan International Airport (not to be confused with Chūbu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya, Japan literally)". Terminal 2 now handles all international/cross-strait flights, while the older Terminal 1 currently serves domestic flights.
Airlines and destinations
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- 唯一台中飛東京 華信航空6/14首航 Taiwan Central News Agency 02 April 2018.
- Thai Vietjet Air schedules Taichung flights from Nov 2018 Routesonline. 13 September 2018.
- "Wuxi Enhances International/Regional Links from late-April 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
- Vietjet Air adds Hanoi – Taichung service from late-June 2018 Routesonline. 25 April 2018.