Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport Co president and CEO Samuel Lin stated the airport is considering transforming the disused Grand Hotel building near the airport into a terminal for LCCs with the proposed facility to be “equipped with basic facilities for the airlines to operate”. As reported by CNA, Epoch Times and Taipei, construction work on the facility could commence next year and ready for use after two years. Mr Lin’s comments comes as Peach entered the Taiwan market on 16-Oct-2012, launching daily Osaka Kansai-Taipei Taoyuan, becoming the 11th LCC to operate to Taiwan. Mr Lin stated the airport has been receiving complaints that queues for LCC flights were so long that they affected passengers on other carriers. Taiwan Civil Aeronautics Administration previously reported LCCs had a 3% market share in Taiwan, lower than the average 24.6% in the Asia Pacific region.
Taoyuan International Airport considering transforming disused building into LCCT
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