Construction of a new international terminal at Taichung Airport began last month and work is scheduled for completion in 2013, the National Expressway Engineering Bureau said yesterday.
The bureau was entrusted by the Civil Aeronautics Administration with the task of designing and building a new terminal for international flights.
Work on airborne facilities began last year, including expanding airport ramps and improving the condition of the taxiways, while construction of the new terminal started last month, the bureau said.
The design for the new terminal was inspired by gray-faced buzzard eagles, also known as the “National Day Bird” because they normally fly to Taiwan around Oct. 10, which is the national day for the Republic of China, it said.
The bureau said the terminal would have upturned roofs like the wings of the gray-faced buzzard eagles to convey the idea of flying. The roof will also be equipped with solar panels to power part of the airport facilities inside the terminal.
The terminal will be able to accommodate five jet bridges and 1.35 million passengers per year.
At present, domestic flight and international flight passengers share the domestic flight terminal, which is designed to accommodate 1.2 million passengers a year.
The two terminals will be able to jointly serve 2.55 million passengers per year when construction is complete.
With the expanded taxiway and improved turning circle for aircraft, the airport is able to allow the landing and departure of the Airbus-330 aircraft, the bureau said.
Previously an airport for domestic flights, the airport saw phenomenal growth in the number of international flight passengers after cross-strait direct flight services were launched in 2008. As the current facilities could no longer meet the increased service demand, the Executive Yuan approved the expansion plan in 2009.