Taoyuan airport kicks off plans to ease holiday congestion

Taoyuan International Airport kicked off Wednesday plans to alleviate holiday air travel congestion, which will be in effect before, during and immedi...

Taoyuan airport kicks off plans to ease congestion

Taoyuan International Airport kicked off Wednesday plans to alleviate holiday air travel congestion, which will be in effect before, during and immedi...

Taoyuan International Airport kicked off Wednesday plans to alleviate holiday air travel congestion, which will be in effect before, during and immediately after the nine-day Lunar New Year holiday, according to the authorities.

The company on Tuesday said the expected maximum passenger volume comes at around 140,000 per day during the Feb.3 to Feb.6 and Feb. 10 to Feb. 17 periods, setting a new high.

Most workers in Taiwan will enjoy a nine-day Lunar New Year holiday from Feb. 6-14.

In order to ease travel congestion, Airport authorities suggested outbound travelers to check in three hours prior to their scheduled departure times, and use smart phone apps to pre-board flights.

Also, eligible passengers are encouraged to apply for automated immigration clearance, known as e-Gates, to reduce queue length at the immigration counters and expedite customs clearance.

The system opened in 2012 is a computerized biometric identification system designed to enhance border security, reduce manpower demands, and expedite the immigration clearance process, which can complete immigration checks in mere 12 seconds.

The authorities noted that it only takes about two minutes to complete the e-Gates enrollment procedure, which provides travelers with a more efficient and convenient clearance experience.