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Airport aims to replace jet bridges within three years

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The replacement of old jet bridges at Taipei Songshan Airport is scheduled to be completed within three years, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said yesterday.

A jet bridge is the movable passageway that connects a terminal gate to an aircraft.

A sum of NT$125 million (NT$3.78 million) has been appropriated to accomplish the task, the CAA said.

“We hope that by the time the two-way service between Taipei Songshan Airport and Tokyo Airport is launched next year, there will be at least two jet bridges ready for Airbus 330 aircraft,” CAA director general Lee Lung-wen (李龍文) said.

The contract was won by CECI Consulting (世曦工程) on July 1.

Currently, Songshan Airport has eight jet bridges.

Meanwhile, as a two-way air cargo service between Taipei and Tokyo will also be launched next year, the CAA plans to gradually upgrade the air cargo terminals for international flights.

Lee said the air cargo terminal for domestic flights will be at the west side of the second terminal, which is now used to accommodate domestic flights only. The CAA is scheduled to start remodeling the air cargo terminal for domestic flights in the fall and finish it by February.

Construction of the air cargo terminals for international flights, which will be on the east side of Terminal 1, are scheduled to begin by December and finish by March next year.

Lee said the CAA is planning to have three conveyer belts available at Terminal 1.

Tokyo Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport are also in the process of expanding facilities, he said.

The Taipei-Tokyo service will be launched in October. Lee said the two-way service between Songshan and Hongqiao may have to wait until after Shanghai’s Expo 2010.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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