OVERSTRETCHED:The firm denied the decision was based on a potential decrease in Chinese tourists, saying it feared a loss of quality from too many ongoing projects
Date: Apr 25, 2016
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter
Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) yesterday confirmed that it has suspended the construction of Terminal Four at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, saying it feared that concurrent ongoing construction projects could lead to a deterioration in service quality.
The company has already begun construction of Terminal Three, which is scheduled to be completed by 2020. The company had also planned to build the smaller
Terminal Four, to cope with increasing passenger volume, in an area occupied by Terminal One’s parking lot. It was intended to service 5 million travelers per year and simultaneously accommodate four narrow-body aircraft and one wide-body airplane.
Terminal Four was to be a smart terminal, with an automated system able to adjust lighting and air-conditioning systems based on the number of passengers inside the building.
The company had said it urgently needed a smaller terminal built prior to the launch of Terminal Three, as the number of passengers serviced by the airport each year has already exceeded the combined capacity of terminals One and Two.
However, a report published in the Chinese-language China Times said the TIAC had suspended construction of Terminal Four as the nation would soon face a decline in Chinese tourists when cross-strait policy is altered by the Democratic Progressive Party administration following the May 20 handover. [FULL STORY]