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Chen proposes renaming Chiang Kai-shek airport

FACELIFT The president suggested changing the name to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, which created a flutter of cautious responses from opposition parties

By Jimmy Chuang and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTERS

Ministry of Transportation and Communications Minister Tsai Duei (蔡堆) said yesterday that the ministry had been planning to name the airport "Tao-yuan International Airport" when construction was completed in 1979, but then transport minister Lin Chin-sheng (林金生) suggested that the Cabinet name it after former president Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) instead.

Tsai yesterday appeared flabbergasted when asked whether the ministry had conducted a public opinion survey of the name change.

Terminal I of the airport was completed and opened on Feb. 26, 1979, and Terminal II was opened on July 29, 2000. Approximately 29 million passengers and 149,000 airplanes land and take off from this airport every year.

The airport has two main runways and 28 taxiways. There are 18 gates at Terminal I and another 20 gates at Terminal II, with a total of 126 apron positions for passenger and cargo aircraft.

Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih and Shelley Shan

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