At least 27 flights scheduled to depart from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Thursday morning were delayed after passengers and aircrew were stuck in traffic due to a road expansion project, Taoyuan Airport Corp. said.
To facilitate the demolition of a bridge as part of work to expand Taoyuan County Highway No. 19 (Dachu section), Taoyuan Department of Public Works had planned to close National Freeway No. 2 leading to the airport from 10 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday.
However, problems encountered during the work resulted in the freeway not being fully reopened until 11 a.m., stranding a large number of passengers and aircrew heading to the airport.
As of 10:30 a.m., 27 departing flights had been delayed, affecting over 10,000 passengers, according to the airport.
Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (???) later apologized for the inconvenience caused by the project and said he has directed the Department of Public Works to ensure comprehensive support measures are put in place for all major construction projects in the future.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel