Sat, Apr 19, 2008 - Page 3 News List

Airport bill review postponed

STALLEDWhile Taoyuan County was actively seeking to influence lawmakers, one critic said the proposed airport zone bill would create a ‘Republic of Taoyuan Airport’

By Shelley Shan and Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Lai said that the DPP would endorse the idea of lifting bans on foreign visitors at the airport, but there need to be enough related mechanisms.

He said that the proposal should not be passed without further discussion because it would create problems in terms of national security and other problems.

“There are still a lot of ridiculous and impractical regulations in the proposal and they need to be fixed, or Taiwan would become a wonderland for Chinese visitors since there will be a lot of opportunities, such as job vacancies, for them as long as they can set foot on Taiwan’s soil,” Lai said.

Echoing the KMT’s Tsao, DPP deputy caucus whip Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) said the proposal, once approved, would impact Taiwan’s other 17 airports.

“Taoyuan International Airport is the only one of these airports that is making a profit of approximately NT$6 billion [US$198 million] every year. Under the proposal, the airport would only have to pay NT$1.8 billion to the government,” Kuan said.

Kuan said the KMT should make sure that the proposal will not impact on government offices, airports and related industries before the new government pushes it through.

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