Passenger traffic at Taiwanese airports has increased by 12.4% to 22.13 million during the initial six months of 2012 (H1), marking a ten-year high, according to statistics from Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC).

The MOTC statistics revealed that the rise in direct flights between Taipei Songshan Airport, Tokyo International Airport, and Gimpo International Airport helped in forming North-Eastern Asia Air Circuit which led to growth in traffic.

Formation of the circuit helped drive up Taiwanese passenger numbers to Japan by 49.6% and by 44.1% to South Korea during the six months, while arrival sfrom Taiwan and South Korea increased 21.45% and 3.62% respectively.

Taiwan’s international passenger traffic rose 10.1% to 11.58 million passengers during H1 with 31.2% rise on routes between Taiwan-China to 4.4 million, while domestic traffic increased 3.6% to 5.24 million passengers, when compared to the same period in 2011.

During H1, Taiwan airports reported 25.2% rise in volume of arrivals to 3.58 million, reporting daily average of 20,000 passengers, with tourist accounting 66% of the total arrivals.

During July, the passenger load factor (PLF) on routes to north-eastern Asia rose to 75%, reporting a 5% rise from the earlier month, while Europe and the US reported high PLFs of about 90% when compared to the same month in 2011.