Free showers, nurseries now at Taoyuan airport

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Wed, Mar 05, 2014 - Page 3

Nurseries and showering facilities are now available free of charge for passengers arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) said yesterday.

Company senior vice president Wen Yung-sung (溫永松) said facilities were already available for transiting passengers. He said the facilities would enhance the airport’s service for all passengers.

“Some of the long-distance passengers told us they wanted to freshen up after spending so many hours on board, and mothers with infants need to nurse their children. Business travelers can board their flights in casual clothes and change into formal attire in the room,” Wen said.

Nurseries for passengers arriving in Terminals One and Two are already in use, with a sink, diaper change table, drinking fountain and a sofa. The two new showering facilities in Terminal Two at the front of the No. 6 baggage carousel have a changing room and a shower room. Showering facilities in Terminal One are scheduled to open by the end of this month.

The nurseries and Hello Kitty-themed waiting area have previously attracted global attention, TIAC said.

In addition, Wen said the airport has joined a “book-crossing” project launched by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, setting up four areas inside the terminals.

The TIAC said book crossing originated in Europe in the 1960s, in which book owners would leave books they have finished reading in a public area for others to take. Once the new readers are finished with the books, they can be deposited in a similar book-crossing area when they reach the next airport.

The four areas are located at the parent-children reading room near the arrival lobby at Terminal One, the children play area at the arrival lobby at Terminal Two, the waiting area near boarding gate C2, and the library near boarding gate D2 in Terminal Two.

Meanwhile, the airport authority is replacing conveyor belts on baggage carousals to shorten luggage delivery times from an average of 15 minutes to 13 minutes.