Introduction of the Airport
Taichung Airport moved from Shuinan Airport to Ching Chuang Kang Airport and started the operation on 6 MAR 2004. In the beginning, the airport was mainly used for domestic flight routes. However, as citizens now pay more attention to the value of time and intensified cross-strait economic interactions, the airport has cooperated to fulfill local demand and the prosperous development of tourism. Positioned itself as "an international airport in central Taiwan and one of the airports for cross-strait direct flights", the airport has been continuously adjusted the immigration / customs clearance route and improved the airport facilities. Targeting regions that can be reached within 4 to 6 hours, Taichung Airport has adequately expanded its international flight route.
To provide passengers a higher quality environment, Taichung Airport officially launched brand new international terminal on 11 APR 2013. With the ambition to become a world-class airport and adapt to global warming effect, this newly-built terminal is designed based on power-saving and carbon reduction concepts. The building integrated moving lines with space to create a small and delicate atmosphere, featured with the scale of international airport. Awarded “Green Buildings Gold Level”, this new building reaches the standard of "daily power saving", "carbon reduction", "waste reduction", "indoor environment", "water resources", "sewage and waste improvements" and other indexes.
The annual passenger service capacity of the newly built International Terminal is 1.7 million (person-times). Together with the original terminal, the airport's total annual service capacity is increased to 2.9 million. Besides, the aircraft models in operations also upgraded from 4C type models (ex. B737-800 for around 150 people) to 4D type models (ex. B757 for around 200 passengers). To enhance the service quality and provide variant services, the airport has specially entrusted private institutions to handle non-government-related commercial and public service facilities. It is based on the Act for Promotion of Private Participation in Infrastructure Projects and planned during construction period. Now the terminal not only equipped with all types of duty-free stores, restaurants, cosmetic and convenience stores, cultural exhibition centers, gift shops, 3C / DVD and book stores, but also offered passenger service counter, walking customer service staff, landscape recreation area, internet services, children's playground, shopping / baggage cart, green wall, cultural art gallery, relaxing massage chairs, baby stroller etc.. Taichung Airport has therefore promoted Taiwan’s industrial characteristics and helped develop the tourism industry, contributing to create social and economic benefits.
Apart from administration areas in Taichung, Nantou and Changhua, Taichung International Airport also has its market extended to Miaoli in the north and Yunlin in the south. The total population of these regions has reached 6 million, creating a strong customer base for the airport. To fulfill the increasing aviation demand of citizens living Central Taiwan, national airlines (Mandarin Airlines, China Airlines, UNI AIR, EVA AIR and Far Eastern Air Transport) and foreign airlines (Cathay Dragon, HK Express and T'way Airlines) have stationed in the Airport to provide flight services for 4 domestic flight routes (to Kinmen, Penghu, Nangan and Hualien) as well as various international (Hong Kong, Macau, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi in Vietnam, Incheon in Korea, Tokyo and Okinawa in Japan, Bangkok and Phnom Penh etc.) and cross-strait flight routes (Hangzhou, Ningpo, Nanjing, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Meizhou, Sanya and Wuxi etc.).
On 5 FEB 2014, Taichung International Airport has officially provided international air cargo services. It is estimated to provide 8,600 tons of cargo handling capacity annually in the beginning, which helps shippers located in central Taiwan to carry out import and export business and brings international airport's cargo service function into full play. It is expected that, by providing complete and perfect services, the airport will head towards the target of "providing passenger and cargo transportation services simultaneously", continue to develop itself with the business philosophy of providing "flight safety, perfect facilities and satisfied services", and become the key portal for external social and economic developments in central Taiwan.