Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Arriving passengers at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Terminal on early Monday walked into a newly renovated arrivals hall with sunlight streaming through the insulating glass ceiling.
The new facilities include the north wing of the arrivals hall, a tourism information counter and a glass elevator that takes passengers to a bus terminal at ground level.
The terminal also boasts newly installed counters for the Tourism Bureau, the Council of Labor Affairs, telecommunications companies, car rental services and hotel reservations.
Gone are the somber temporary lighting and the panels separating the areas under construction from airport users.
The new facilities are part of a refurbishment and expansion project for the airport, the country's main gateway. Completion of the project is scheduled for the end of this year.
The Chinese-language United Daily News reported, however, that some direction signs in the arrivals hall are not clear enough and that a wall separating a construction area by an escalator connecting the hall and the bus terminal reduces the space available for the public.
One Taiwanese traveler surnamed Cheng, who returned from Germany that day, said the terminal felt more spacious and that there was a smell of fresh paint in the air, unlike the cramped feeling of the old terminal facilities, the newspaper said.
Cheng said the refurbished terminal feels more like an airport of international caliber, the newspaper said.
(By Chiu Chun-chin and Jamie Wang)