Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport warns of 4-hour delays during Lunar New Year

Average delay expected to be one hour

Busy days ahead for Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Busy days ahead for Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport warned Saturday that delays of up to four hours were possible during the February 2-10 Lunar New Year holiday as each day would see an average of 800 flights.

One-hour delays could be quite frequent, so travelers heading for the airport during that period should be prepared, the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation said.

The busiest day was likely to be the final day of the vacation, Sunday February 10, as 862 flights were scheduled with 140,000 passengers expected to pass through the airport, the Central News Agency reported. That meant that fewer than 20 percent of flights might take off or land on time that day, according to statistics.

During the whole Lunar New Year period, the airport said it would mobilize 32,000 members of staff to handle the flights. The Civil Aeronautics Administration had given permission to add 1,050 extra flights, many of which serve to ferry Taiwanese working in China back home for the holidays.

The airport denied it was unable to handle so many flights, as last year’s Lunar New Year period already saw more than 700 flights daily, while after a typhoon traffic would also increase to 800 flights a day.