Taipei, A power outage at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Friday morning that affected the lighting systems, elevators and jet bridge operations at the airport's two terminals was caused by a voltage transformer failure.
Wang Ming-teh chairman of Taoyuan International Airport Corp. (TIAC), said the voltage transformer's failure at the airport's 161 kilovolt high voltage power station occurred at 9:26 a.m., and power was restored at 11 a.m.
TIAC set up an emergency response team and notified the Ministry of Transportation and Communications after the outage occurred and also had flight controllers control the flow of flights, Wang said.
No flights were affected by the power disruption, but some travelers were trapped in the airport's elevators and others noticed the lighting in the two terminals was dimmer than normal, Wang said.
According to live flight information for the Taoyuan airport Friday, however, nearly a dozen departing flights during the power outage's window pulled out of their gates around an hour later than scheduled.
Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung said he believed the infrastructure at Taiwan's main international gateway needs to be strengthened, and he indicated that the government will engage in a thorough review of the airport's facilities.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel