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Taoyuan Airport has new leaders

Taoyuan Airport has new leaders

Taipei, June 7 (CNA) Former transportation official Tseng Dar-jen has been assigned to the new chairman of Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) in a reshuffling of the company's management after the severe flooding that disrupted airport operations on June 2. Tseng, who served as the vice transportation minister under previous government that left office on May 20, vowed to do his best, saying the shift felt like he was "returning home to help deal with problems." He said he would invite scholars and experts to help with a thorough review of the airport's problems before developing strategies to deal with them. Tseng, 58, has a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He previously served as director-general of the National Freeway Bureau and participated in the construction of the Hsuehshan Tunnel and several airfield runways. Hsiao Ting-ko, vice president of Taoyuan Metro Corp., will take over the airport company's chief executive officer,announced by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Hsiao has previously served as the director of both Taoyuan International Airport and Songshan Airport in Taipei. The new appointments were made after the resignation of TIAC Chairman Samuel Lin was approved by Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan on Monday, in light of the flooding and outage of the Terminal 2 on June 2. More than 200 flights were delayed that day, affecting around 30,000 passengers. The Public Construction Commission on Monday blamed the flooding on human factors, saying the airport's drainage system was clogged with debris, and flood gates that prevents some of the damage to electrical equipment in Terminal 2 were not closed in time. The minister also relieved the company's chief executive officer, Fei Hourng-jiun , of his duties. Earlier, Fei were inquired to be disciplined. (By Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-04-22 22:21 GMT+08:00