Taipei, The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the country's main gateway, will continue to deal with problems concerning rising electricity consumption, runway congestion and a clogged sewer system, three of the major headaches faced by the airport, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Wednesday.
Yeh Hsieh-lung acting director-general of the MOTC's Department of Navigation and Aviation, said at a press conference that after an annual checkup, the airport still suffers from the three problems, even though the MOTC has budgeted NT$199.9 billion (US$6.47 billion) over the 2018-2031 period to improve fundamental facilities of the airport.
Yeh said the Taoyuan International Airport Corp. (TIAC), which operates the airport, will continue to address the problems at a time when the airport has seen the volume of flights increasing.
According to TIAC, the airport needs to handle 700 to 800 flights per day, up 86.7 percent in a single decade, with the peak flight volume at almost 50 per hour.
Echoing Yeh, Sun Hung-pin head of TIAC's maintenance department, due to an expansion in its operations, power consumption has soared about 460 percent from its inauguration in 1979.
Sun said the current power supply system at the airport is obsolete and cannot deal with emergency situations caused by sudden increases in power consumption.
Sun added that TIAC will continue to retire the airport's old power generation system and improve its electricity supply system over the next few years.
To achieve this goal, Sun said, TIAC will complete construction of new power substations by the end of 2022, and give better training to the company's maintenance staff to take on any emergency power supply problems.
Commenting on the increase in flight volume handled by the airport, maintaining its runway conditions is a critical issue, Sun said.
Among measures to improve the runway conditions, Sun said, the airport will introduce new technology to improve maintenance of the existing runways. In addition, the airport is planning to build a third runway and third terminal to reduce congestion.
Sun said the airport's sewerage system is also faced with problems largely arising from clogged toilets.
According to the TIAC, the airport has a total of 242 toilets, among which, about 20 are heavily used.
Sun said the airport will implement preventative measures to clean its sewerage system once a month to avoid clogged pipes.
As for the remaining 222 toilets, similar preventative measures will be carried out once per quarter as usual, he said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel