Taipei, June 7 (CNA) A plan to build a third terminal at TaiwanTaoyuan International Airport (TTIA) -- the country's main gateway --has been submitted for government approval, the Civil AeronauticsAdministration (CAA) said Monday.
"The expansion and development is imperative, " said President MaYing-jeou during an inspection tour of the airport a day earlier.
CAA officials said the new terminal will have a maximum capacityof 43 million passengers per year -- about 2.5 times greater thanthat of Terminal Two, which has a capacity of 17 million people, or3.5 times larger than that of Terminal One, with its capacity of 12million people.
TTIA's aging Terminal One is currently undergoing a NT$3.2billion facelift, the CAA said, work that is slated to be completedin August 2011.
The development of a third terminal will be under the authorityof a state-run company that is expected to be established inNovember, according to the CAA.
After the development plan is approved by the Ministry ofTransportation and Communications and the Executive Yuan, and thedetails of the development are made available, the CAA will openinternational bidding to solicit world- renowned architect firms totake part in the development, CAA officials said.
On the issue of whether the new terminal will be built by thegovernment or by a private consortium based on abuild-operate-transfer program, the officials said this will bedecided depending on how the to-be-formed state-run airport company'sfinancial condition unfolds.
The plan for a third terminal has been devised in view ofimproved economic prospects at home and abroad in the future, as wellas closer bilateral exchanges across the Taiwan Strait, the officialssaid.
A record high of over 23 million people arrived in Taiwan anddeparted via TTIA in 2007, a figure that slowed slightly to 22million in 2009, according to CAA tallies.
According to the Airports Council International's (AIC) 2009Airport Service Quality Survey, TTIA fell to 27th place in 2009rankings, a sharp drop from the 18th position it held the previousyear.
(By Wang Shu-fen and Deborah Kuo)