Taoyuan runway upkeep not job for CAA, Lin says

LEGISLATIVE HEARING: Pressed by members of the Transportation Committee, the CAA’s boss said TIAC’s ability to maintain runways would gradually improve

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 21, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Director-General Lin Kuo-hsien (林國顯) yesterday told lawmakers that he had reservations about the agency being placed in charge of maintaining the runways and taxiways at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport once again, saying that runway problems would be gradually solved through the airport operator’s runway renovation project.

The CAA used to be responsible for maintaining all of the nation’s airport runways and taxiways, including those at the nation’s premier gateway, but Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) took over management of the Taoyuan terminal and its runways after the state-run company was established on Nov. 1, 2010.

However, the quality of the Taoyuan airport’s runways and their maintenance has come under scrutiny after a series of incidents exposed pavement problems.

The most recent incident was on March 9, when the discovery of a pothole on the south runway delayed 121 flights.    [FULL  STORY]

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