Transportation ministry to evaluate relocation of Songshan airport
Jan 02, 2017MarketComments Off on Transportation ministry to evaluate relocation of Songshan airport
The transportation ministry says it's going to look into the feasibility of closing Songshan Airport, which is located in the middle of Taipei city. The ministry has assigned the task to the Civil Aeronautics Administration and the Taoyuan Airport Corporation.
It's thought that if Songshan Airport is closed, flights would be relocated to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, which is located about 45 minutes away from the city center by car.
Songshan Airport has faced complaints due to its location in a densely populated area. There are concerns about the noise level, pollution, and potential safety risks, especially following the crash of a commuter plane in 2015 which killed 43 of the 58 people on board.
The transportation ministry recently green-lighted a feasibility assessment for moving flights from Songshan Airport to Taoyuan. The move comes as a new airport metro line is set to open, linking Taipei and Taoyuan. The Taoyuan airport is also mulling plans to construct a third runway to accommodate more traffic by 2025.
The transportation ministry said the assessment will be purely technical in nature. It will evaluate whether the potential move will affect the Taoyuan airport's growth, and capacity for dealing with more travelers.