Taiwan Airport Passenger and Cargo Numbers Grow

11 May 2010 (Last Updated May 11th, 2010 18:30)

Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport has achieved the largest growth of any airport in the Asia-Pacific region for its cargo and passenger volumes during the first quarter of 2010. Passenger traffic rose 22.9% to 5.55 million in the first quarter compared with the same period last yea

Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport has achieved the largest growth of any airport in the Asia-Pacific region for its cargo and passenger volumes during the first quarter of 2010.

Passenger traffic rose 22.9% to 5.55 million in the first quarter compared with the same period last year, according to the Focus Taiwan News Channel.

Taoyuan also recorded a year-on-year growth of 71% in cargo traffic to 410,000 tonnes, surpassing the 63.1% increase at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration said that passenger volume at Taiwan's international airports rose by 22.61% to 6.5 million compared with the same period in 2009.

Taiwan's Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chih-kuo said passenger volume at the airport in 2010 is estimated to rise to a record high of 24 million, while cargo volume will rise by 1.6 million tons.

Mao has attributed the growth to the expansion of direct cross-strait flights and the revival of the economy.