A new international flight terminal at Taichung Airport is expected to become operational by the end of March, the National Expressway Engineering Bureau said.
The build of the terminal in Cingcyuangang (清泉崗) in Greater Taichung was initiated to accommodate the increase in international flights, particularly cross-strait flights.
The bureau had the task of building the international terminal and improving the taxiway.
Bureau chief engineer Lu Jieh-bin (呂介斌) said the taxiway expansion project was completed in October last year.
The overall structure of the international terminal as well as the jet bridges, escalators and elevators inside the terminal have all been installed, he added.
All facilities are scheduled to be tested next month, Lu said, adding that the completed building would be turned over to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) in March after final inspection.
Lu said the terminal building was inspired by the wings of gray-faced buzzard eagles, which usually visit the nation around National Day.
The terminal’s design would make it one of central Taiwan’s new landmarks.
According to the bureau, the airport is a regional airport that offers cross-strait flight services as well.
Currently, the airport can accommodate aircraft carrying about 200 passengers, such as the Boeing 757 or 767.
The international terminal will have one basement floor and four floors above the ground. It is equipped with five jet bridges and a sewage treatment plant.
The basement floor is to be used as a parking lot and the check-in counters will be on the ground floor. Passengers arriving at the airport are to pass through the second floor.
Passengers will depart from the third floor, which has the customs, immigration, quarantine and security checkpoints, as well as airlines’ VIP rooms and boarding gates.
The fourth floor is to be used as an office for airport employees.
Lu said that the new international flight terminal would be able to accommodate 1.35 million passengers per year.
The current terminal would be used for domestic flight services and can accommodate 1.2 million passengers per year.