Taipei, April 26 (CNA) An exclusive aviation business center was opened Thursday at Taipei SongShan Airport, clearing the way for further expansion of business air travel at the downtown Taipei airport.
Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo, EVA Air Chairman James Jeng and its President Chang Kuo-wei presided over the opening.
EVA Air, Taiwan's second-largest carrier, won the bid late last year to operate the center for a period of 10 years.
It was estimated that some 100 exclusive business jets per month would land and take off at the exclusive center in the years ahead amid growing demand, thanks mainly to increased cross-Taiwan Strait air travel.
The number of exclusive business jets using SongShan airport has been on the rise in recent years, jumping from 192 in 2009 to 686 in 2011, according to Civil Aeronautics Administration statistics.
Since SongShan was upgraded to an international airport in 2009, it has been serving flights to Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai.
The new center, spread over 6,600 square meters, provides a wide range of services for exclusive business jets around the clock. The services include expedited check-in and immigration clearance for business travelers, flight and hotel bookings and a food court.
Evergreen Aviation Technologies also runs an aircraft maintenance, repairs and overhaul center at the airport.
SongShan Airport is located near eastern Taipei's bustling districts of Xinyi, Daan and near landmarks like the Taipei 101 tower, Nangang Exhibition Hall and Neihu Science Technology Park.
(By S.F. Wang and Flor Wang)