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CAA slams Songshan airport closure

CAA slams Songshan airport closure

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Civil Aeronautics Administration said Wednesday that Taipei Songshan Airport should not be closed until at least 2030, because that is when Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s third runway will be ready.
The comments poured cold water over a statement by the Taipei City Government one day earlier that no flights would be arriving in or departing from Songshan beginning in 2020. The closure plan has also been put forward by Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen.
Songshan was still needed and would still serve as a domestic airline hub for 15 years, the CAA said.
Taipei City Vice Mayor Charles Lin said Tuesday that the airport should move out and be replaced in large part by a huge park, a local version of New York’s Central Park, though there could also be room for a limited number of buildings. He also compared the end of the capital’s airport to the end of martial law in the skies above Taipei, because it meant the end of height restrictions over 3,000 hectares of land.
The CAA said there were many factors to consider, including national defense needs, disaster relief, air transportation, economic development and urban renewal. Songshan was often used by the air force and the army, while the president also started most of his foreign trips from the airport, the CAA added.
Taipei Songshan Airport counted 6 million arrivals and departures last year, with destinations in China, East Asia, the outer islands and the east coast, according to the CAA.
Proponents of a move have said that the introduction of the Mass Rapid Transit line between Taipei and the Taoyuan airport next year would be a major factor in favor of Songshan’s closure, as would the opening of two additional terminals at Taoyuan by the end of 2020.


Updated : 2021-09-20 12:56 GMT+08:00