Taichung International Airport
|Taichung International Airport
|Operator||Civil Aeronautics Administration
Ministry of National Defense
|Location||Taichung City, Taiwan (ROC)|
|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 (ROC) 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 airport then expanded in 1954 according to the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, and in 1966 was renamed Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in memory of General Ching Chuan Kang. 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, Ching Chuan Kang became a depot for the United States Air Force (USAF). The USAF had been garrisoning the base with two fighter squadrons until the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty came into force on March 3, 1955.
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, 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 civilian 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 domestic flights.
Airlines and destinations
|Cathay Dragon||Hong Kong|
|China Eastern Airlines||Nanjing|
|EVA Air||Macau, Seoul–Incheon|
|Far Eastern Air Transport||Kinmen, Magong, Xiamen (begins 19 December 2017)|
|HK Express||Hong Kong|
|Lucky Air||Seasonal: Kunming|
|Mandarin Airlines||Changsha, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hualien, Hong Kong, Kinmen, Magong, Ningbo, Ōita, Okinawa, Seoul–Incheon, Wuxi|
|T'way Airlines||Seoul–Incheon (begins 15 December 2017)|
|Uni Air||Guangzhou, Kinmen, Magong, Matsu Nangan, Shenzhen, Wuxi|
|Vietjet Air||Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Taichung Airport.|
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