Passengers arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s Terminal 1 yesterday walked into a newly renovated arrivals hall with sunlight streaming through the glass ceiling.
The new facilities include the north wing of the arrivals hall, a tourism information counter and a glass elevator that takes passengers to a bus terminal.
The terminal also boasts newly installed counters for the Tourism Bureau, the Council of Labor Affairs, telecommunications companies, car rental services and hotel reservations.
Gone are the somber temporary lighting and the panels separating the areas under construction from airport users.
The new facilities are part of a refurbishment and expansion project scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
However, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported that some signs in the arrivals hall were not clear enough and that a wall separating a construction area reduces the space available for public use.
One Taiwanese traveler, surnamed Cheng (鄭), said the new terminal felt spacious, unlike the cramped old one.
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