Taoyuan International Airport (TPE/RCTP)

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Direct air services across the Taiwan Strait play a significant role in both the airport's and the nation's rapid development, generating an increase of 45% in export and import revenue to and from mainland China in 2010.

Taiwan's industrial output means it is an important platform for major expos. Business has been significantly boosted by improved trade and direct air services to mainland China which in term has accelerated the importance of Taiwan's service sector.

Major reasons to serve this airport

Apart from the global economic recovery, Taoyuan International Airport has benefitted from record-high operational capacity. This has happened because open government policies have contributed to commercial growth and industrial competitiveness. Furthermore, the signing of the Economic Free Trade Agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China, combined with the significant promotion of the charms of visiting Taiwan, has quickly resulted in an increase of trade, cultural and leisure-related travel across the Taiwan Strait. To meet rising market demand, the number of international and mainland China destinations and flights has been increasing, boosting the airport’s capacity.

  • Taoyuan International Airport is Taiwan’s largest airport, adjacent to Taipei, the capital of Taiwan
  • 57 airlines offer 80 scheduled international destinations and 34 mainland cities
  • 430 flights carry 69,000 passengers on an average each day in 2011
  • Connect your customers with diversified and growing Asian economy
  • Terminal 1 will effectively become a new facility after renovation is completed in 2012
  • Capacity of 32 million in Terminal 1 and 2
  • 30 min high speed rail link to city centre opens 2014
  • Two cargo terminals and one free trade zone adjacent to Taipei port for multimodal transportation (only 20 min to drive)

High demand in 2011 – by end-September, over 15 new routes had been launched, including China Airlines to Auckland, TransAsia to Singapore and Mandarin Airlines to China's East Coast city of Yancheng.

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Marketing and other support

Please contact Taoyuan airport’s business planning & marketing department for further detailed information.
Mr. Chia-Jui Hsu TEL: +886-3-398-2031 E-mail: cjhsu@mail.taoyuan-airport.com Mr. Tim Yuanhung Ting TEL: +886-3-398-2066 E-mail: yhting@mail.taoyuan-airport.com

Six million potential consumers live in metro Taipei while the whole island, and its 20 million population, lie within two hours by high speed rail.

Airport Catchment area

  • Approximately 6 million within 60 minutes (North to Taipei metropolitan area; down south to Hsinchu city)
  • Approximately 20 million within 120 min HSR (Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung)

Taiwan is the third-best investment destination in the world according to a survey conducted by Business Environment Risk Intelligence (BERI) in 2011: it is the world centre of high technology bicycle production as well as a leader in biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

 Taiwan is world’s third-best investment hub
  • Taiwan is the third-best investment destination in the world’s 50 major countries, on a par with Norway, but behind Singapore and Switzerland according to the survey conducted by Business Environment Risk Intelligence (BERI) in 2011.

Taoyuan Airport is adjacent to a global high-tech research and manufacturing base

  • Taiwan, with its optimal geographic location, is a regional hub of the Asia-Pacific region in terms of trade and air cargo transport. To attract transnational enterprises, the government offers generous tax and land incentives.
  • With its high-quality and barrier-free investment and business environment, Taiwan is an attractive base for companies to develop linkages with the Asian and global markets.
  • Taoyuan International Airport has built links with adjacent Hsinchu Science Park and surrounding commercial areas to provide enterprises with all-around commercial services. The strength of the free trade zone not only lies in transferring cargo, but also bringing together the numerous high-tech industries to form industry clusters that are conducive to vertical specialization.

Cross-Strait demand boosts air cargo hub formation

  • Taoyuan International Airport’s total cargo volume in 2010 was 1,753,000 tonnes, a daily average of 4,802 tonnes – a record high of 408,000 additional tonnes (+30%, from the previous year). Of this amount, imports grew by 29% from the previous year, exports by 22%, and transfer cargo by 40%.
  • The improving global economy, along with promotion of cross-Taiwan Strait flights under the ECFA, has led to increased demand for shipments both in and out of Taiwan. In 2010, total flight cargo volume across the strait reached 240,000 tonnes. This was a key reason for this year’s record cargo volume.

Charm and strength – record highs for passenger and cargo volume

  • Taoyuan International Airport set records in 2010 for both passenger and cargo volume, primarily due to more open government policies that boosted corporate and industrial competitiveness. During this time, the airport turned into an engine for regional economic development, accomplishing the important task of further integrating Taiwan into the world of international trade.
  • The signing of the Economic Free Trade Agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China, combined with the significant promotion of the charms of visiting Taiwan, has quickly resulted in an increase of trade, cultural and leisure-related travel across the Taiwan Strait. To meet rising market demand, the number of international and mainland China destinations have been ticking upward, along with flights, increasing the airport’s volume capacity.

While the Terminal 1 Renovation Project will be completed by 2012, Taoyuan is simultaneously investing substantially in a third terminal to take total capacity to 45 million. Meanwhile, the Taipei Taoyuan MRT – a 501km airport express train to downtown Taipei – opens in 2014.


Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is located in the Taoyuan County, approximately 40km from downtown Taipei. It takes about 50 min by car or bus, which will decrease to 35min once the new airport express rail link is operational by 2014.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Runways (number and length): 2
    • North runway (05L/23R): 3,660m x 60m, CAT II
    • South runway (05R/23L): 3,350m x 60m, CAT I
  • No slot coordination
  • Operating hours: 24
  • Terminal 1: handles mainly flights to Southeast Asia, South Asia and Europe. Although currently undergoing a renovation project (completed by 2012), T1 remains operational.
  • Terminal 2: handles mainly flights to Northeast Asia, Mainland China and North America.
  • Min. connect time: 50 min

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

Terminal 1 Renovation Project completed by 2012

  • The project which includes refurbishment of the terminal and the expansion of the floor area by 13,000m2 in order to achieve a passenger capacity of 15 million. It is aimed at creating a new modern and stylish interior, and improving surrounding traffic. The project is expected to be completed by 2012.

Pavement Rehabilitation and Navigation Facilities Upgrade Project

  • Upgrading of runway from category 4E to F (Runway width 75m, taxiway width 60m)
  • Length of Runway 05R/23L extended to 3,800m
  • Upgrading of Navigation Facilities

The Development Concept of the Terminal 3 Area

  • To serve the anticipated growth in international passengers, a third terminal will be constructed to handle 43 million passengers annually for the next 10 years. Adjacent to Terminal 3, a major commercial complex will house business centers, shopping, restaurants, leisure activities and display space.

MRT system (Airport express rail)

  • An Access Mass Rapid Transit system is currently under construction and will connect Taoyuan International Airport to downtown Taipei (30 min) and other key regional nodes by 2014.

Vital statistics

  • Passenger numbers: 25,110,000 international passengers in 2011.
  • Passenger split: 50% leisure, 50% business.
  • 10% transfer passengers.
  • Freight: 1,760,000 tonnes in 2011
  • Largest carrier: China Airlines