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Taoyuan airport's north runway expected to reopen by yearend

Taoyuan airport's north runway expected to reopen by yearend

The north runway at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is likely to reopen by the end of the year, which will ease congestion at the country's main gateway, an executive of the airport's managing company said Monday.

The runway, which has been closed since March 6 for maintenance, is now undergoing testing, said Dan Chao-bi, senior vice president of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Company.

The tests by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) started Monday and will continue for the next 9 days, checking landings and takeoffs on the runway and a newly installed advanced navigation system, he said.

Over the 10-day period, runway tests will be carried out between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. daily, during which time the airport will be closed to all other flights, he said.

Regular flights will be allowed to land and take off after 7:30 a.m. and the normal schedule should kick in by around 10 a.m., Dan said.

He said the maintenance work has been going well and the runway is likely to resume normal operations by the end of the month, ahead of the scheduled Jan. 8 reopening.

With the north runway back in operation, the airport will be able to handle 50 flights per hour on its two runaways, instead of 33 flights at present, Dan said.

This means more than 600 flights per day, which will ease congestion, the company said.

The north and south runways at the airport have been undergoing major maintenance work, which includes installation of an advanced navigation system.

The south runway resumed operations in February, ahead of the busy Lunar New Year travel period and the north runway was closed a few weeks later. (By Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu)

Updated : 2021-09-27 04:20 GMT+08:00