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Food court to be opened at airport

MORE THAN PLANE FOOD:The new food hall at Taoyuan International Airport will feature renowned restaurant chains as well as health and travel services

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The food court at Terminal 1 of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is scheduled to be reopened today after being closed for renovation for about two months.

The food served at the nation’s largest international airport has been under scrutiny after complaints that it was “expensive and unpleasant.”

The complaints caused the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to vow to improve food quality at the airport and the ministry hopes its efforts will motivate international airlines to transfer more flights in Taiwan.

According to the Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC), the renovated food court occupies an area of 1,785m2.

The company has brought in some of the nation’s famous food suppliers and restaurant chains, including Hairei Meatballs, Jimmy’s Kitchen and Mrs Faith’s Juice.

Visitors can also taste some classic Taiwanese snacks, such as pearl milk tea (珍珠奶茶), Taiwanese-style friend chicken yansuji (鹽酥雞) and sweet pork sausage wrapped in sticky rice.

To celebrate the reopening of the food court, visitors would be given several special offers, TIAC said, adding as an example that visitors buying a bottle of pearl milk tea would get a second bottle at half price.

There is also a playground available to entertain children, it added.

Meanwhile, passengers can also surf the Internet, charge electronic devices, check their blood pressure or seek travel advice while at the food court.

In other news, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said yesterday that it still has to finalize the formula to be used to determine a reasonable price for domestic tickets, adding that experts reviewing the formula have not reached a consensus.

The last time domestic flight carriers were allowed to raise ticket prices was in 2004, when the cost of aviation fuel reached NT$14 per liter.

The cost has since risen to NT$30 per liter, which has put pressure on airlines.

Many of them had suggested that domestic flight passengers be charged fuel surcharges like international flight passengers.

Chu Kuan-wen (朱冠文), director of CAA’s air transport division, said the administration is not likely to ask domestic flight passengers to pay a fuel surcharge.

While the experts have yet to agree on a formula, Chu said the they have generally agreed that the maximum and minimum ticket prices should be reached by combining a basic rate with a mileage rate.

The basic rate would include 14 fees listed in a domestic carrier’s operational costs, including landing charges and other costs.

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