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Taipei International Airport to be regional hub: transport minister

Taipei International Airport to be regional hub: transport minister

Taipei, April 30 (CNA) Taipei International Airport will become a regional air transport hub once reconstruction around the airport is completed, now that direct flights from the airport to Tokyo, Shanghai and Seoul have been launched, the minister of transport said Monday.
"Following the launch of direct flights between Taipei International Airport and Gimpo Airport in Seoul, Taipei is expected to play a more critical role in Northeast Asia's flight network," Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chih-kuo said at a ceremony marking the inauguration of the new flight service. He said the new route represents the last piece in the "Golden Aviation Circle" that has been providing direct services between Taipei and Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport and Tokyo's Haneda Airport since 2010 and was a key element of President Ma Ying-jeou's 2008 election campaign. "Some modernization works still needs to be done at the airport to make it more competitive," Mao said. For instance, he went on, the Civil Aeronautics Administration will be demolished and a hotel built on the site. In addition, renovation work inside the airport will be concluded in the near future, which will further upgrade services. Taipei International Airport was Taiwan's only international gateway until 1979, when the Chiang Kai-shek Airport, later renamed Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, opened in Taoyuan County to handle international flights. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-04-12 06:07 GMT+08:00