Airport set to expand
Taichung Airport is to start accommodating larger aircraft before the Lunar New Year holiday in February, according to Tang Kuo-tai (唐國泰), director of the Executive Yuan’s Central Taiwan Joint Services Center. Tang said the Cabinet is to take steps to allow the airport to accommodate commercial airplanes carrying about 200 passengers before the Lunar New Year, which begins on Feb. 10 next year. Airport director Chang Jui-shu (張瑞澍) said the facility at present only serves smaller aircraft seating about 150 passengers, such as the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320. The airport is undergoing a NT$3.89 billion (US$133 million) expansion project that includes renovation of the terminal and aircraft maintenance facilities, and expansion of hangars and taxiways. Tang said the project is scheduled to be completed in March next year. In addition to regular domestic flights, Taichung Airport also serves international charter flights to and from various Asian cities, including Hong Kong, Hanoi and major cities in China.
Inventions win praise
Taiwan bagged 22 gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals, as well as three special awards, at the 12th British Invention Show — its best showing ever at the UK’s largest exhibition of invention, innovation and technology. Taiwanese research teams from eight universities, two high schools and two private companies presented 23 inventions offering new applications of wave power, “green” energy and optoelectronics. Kane Kramer, chairman of the invention show, praised the inventions from Taiwan, saying they surpassed previous designs by Taiwanese delegations. The Taiwanese delegation also won 10 more gold medals than last year.