By: Bien Chin-feng and Kuo Chung-han
Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) Passengers served by the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport reached 42.3 million in 2016, putting Taiwan’s main gateway onto a list of airports serving over 40 million passengers, according to Taoyuan International Airport Co. statistics.
Passengers served by the airport reached 32.21 million in 2013, the first year in which it served over 30 million. Passengers served by the airport increased for five consecutive years from 2012 to 2016, with the rates of increase in the five years between 7.45 percent and 11.15 percent, according to the company’s statistics.
On average, the airport served more than 115,000 passengers per day in 2016.
Taoyuan Airport has attracted six budget carriers in 2016 — AirAsia Philippines, Eastar Jet of South Korea, JetStar Pacific Airlines of Vietnam, Jin Air of South Korea, Malindo Air of Malaysia/Indonesia and T’way Air of South Korea — which shows that airlines in Southeast and Northeast Asian countries are interested in the Taiwan market. [FULL STORY]