Taipei, -Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport saw moderate growth in passenger numbers, cargo volume and flight numbers last year, an indication of its increasing competence in the region, according to the Taoyuan Airport Corp. on Tuesday.
The airport, Taiwan's main gateway, served 46,535,180 passenger-trips last year, up by 3.69 percent from 2017 and the seventh consecutive year of growth, the company said.
Annual cargo volume of 2,322,820 tons represented an increase of 2.3 percent from the previous year, which marked five years of growth, it said.
The number of flights the airport handled reached 256,069, representing 4 percent growth and the ninth annual increase in a row, according to the company.
The company has attributed the growth mainly to the growing popularity of low cost carriers, as well as the New Southbound Policy, which was launched by the government in 2016 to seek closer ties with the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, South Asian countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand.
The airport is well-positioned for further growth, the company said, explaining that in 2018, it established 11 new routes to Cheongju and Muan in South Korea, Ontario in the U.S., Chiang Mai in Thailand, Saga, Ibaraki, Hanamaki and Kitakyushu in Japan, Clark in the Philippines, Auckland in New Zealand, as well as Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei.
Meanwhile, the airport welcomed five new foreign airlines last year, including Air France, Thai AirAsia, StarFlyer, Air New Zealand and Royal Brunei Airlines.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel