(Taichung Ching Chuan Kang Airport)
Táizhōng Qīngquángǎng Jīchǎng
|Operator||Civil Aeronautics Administration
Ministry of National Defense
|Elevation AMSL||663 ft / 203 m|
Taichung Airport (Chinese: 臺中航空站; pinyin: Taizhong Hangkong Zhan) (IATA: RMQ, ICAO: RCMQ), commonly known as Taichung Ching Chuan Kang Airport (臺中清泉崗機場; 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 services to Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, and Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi.
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Ching Chuan Kang 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 Qiu Qingquan. 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 became 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 for civilian service, the passenger facilities have constructed since September 4, 2003, and open to service on March 5, 2004, replacing the old Shuinan Airport (IATA: TXG) located in downtown Taichung at 24.186436N,120.654581E. Ching Chuan Kang Airport has 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 domestic flights.
Airlines and destinations
|China Airlines||Seasonal Charter: Nagoya-Centrair||2|
|China Eastern Airlines||Nanjing, Taiyuan||2|
|EVA Air||Macau, Seoul-Incheon||2|
|Far Eastern Air Transport||Kinmen, Magong||1|
|Far Eastern Air Transport||Changzhou, Hefei, Hohhot, Taiyuan
|HK Express||Hong Kong||2|
|Mandarin Airlines||Kinmen, Magong||1|
|Mandarin Airlines||Changsha, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Naha, Ningbo, Seoul-Incheon, Shantou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Zhengzhou
Charter: Meixian, Oita (begins 1 September 2016)
|Shandong Airlines||Jinan, Qingdao||2|
|Transasia Airways||Fuzhou, Nanning, Shanghai-Pudong, Xiamen
Charter: Macau (ends 30 October 2016), Yichang
|Uni Air||Kinmen, Magong, Matsu-Nangan||1|
|Uni Air||Changsha, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Wuxi||2|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Taichung Airport.|
- "Mandarin Airlines Reschedules Taichung – Oita Launch to Sep 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- "Wuxi Enhances International/Regional Links from late-April 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 18 April 2016.