Sun, Sep 16, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Airport plans are unveiled

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said on Friday it has proposed a plan to develop properties around Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) saying it aims to turn the airport into another important gateway to the country.

CAA Director General Jean Shen (沈啟) said the plan still needs the final approval of the Executive Yuan. She said that the CAA would first develop the area for civil aviation-related industries which is the most profitable aspect of the entire development plan, after it is approved.

The CAA plans to develop an area of 5.3 hectares which covers the current CAA headquarters, China Airlines’ training base at the airport as well as the parking lot in front of Terminal One.

The agency said the area would be open for the construction of commercial buildings, hotels or trade show venues, adding that it welcomes investment from the private sector. The CAA further estimated that the investment needed to develop the area could cost between NT$20 billion and NT$40 billion (US$680 million to US$1.36billion). It also confirmed that several hoteliers and construction firms have inquired about the details of the plan.

Fan Hsiao-lun (范孝倫), CAA Aerodrome Engineering Division chief, said the agency is to explain the details of the plan to interested developers in a question-and-answer session after it is approved by the Executive Yuan. It would hear thoughts and ideas from the private sector first before launching any bidding process, he said.

Previously a domestic airport, Songshan became an international airport again after cross-strait flights as well as services to Tokyo, Shanghai and Kimpo in South Korea were launched. The CAA estimates the number of passengers at the transport hub could top 2.7 million this year.

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