Taiwan airports have reported a 13.9% rise in passenger traffic to 18.23 million during the initial five months of 2012.
The Taiwan Ministry of Transportation and Communications said passenger traffic has reached a ten-year high through the country’s 17 airports.
The ministry said that the rise was due to the formation of the Northeast Asia Golden Aviation Circle through direct flights from Songshan Airport in Taipei to Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai and Gimpo Airport in Seoul.
According to the ministry’s statistics, the airports have handled over 9.53 million passengers on international routes, including Hong Kong and Macau, reporting a 10.9% rise over the same period last year.
The number of passengers travelling between Taiwan and mainland China reached 3.66 million during the first five months of 2012, a 31.4% rise over the same period in 2011.
Songshan Airport in Taipei has recorded 12.23% of Taipei’s total passenger traffic up to and including May 2012, processing 2.23 million passengers during the period, reported Central News Agency, citing ministry official Hsieh Wen-cheng.
The Taipei-Seoul direct service, which was launched on 30 April 2012, has recorded passenger traffic of 10,185 during its first month of operations.
During the first five months of 2012, passenger traffic on the Taipei-Tokyo service reported a 17.8% rise year-on-year to 520,000, while about 230,000 passengers travelled on the Shanghai-Taipei route.