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Taoyuan airport en route to hit 30 million passengers this year

TAIPEI -- Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport looks set to hit a record 30 million passengers by the end of the year, the country's largest international airport said Friday.

In the year through Nov. 30, Taoyuan Airport has seen over 28 million passengers pass through its gates, breaking the 27.83 million record set last year and putting it well on the way of hitting a new benchmark.

The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Corp. is planning a celebration to mark the moment that the 30 millionth passenger walks through.

Noting that the number of passengers through November grew 10.3 percent from last year, the company said growth has been spurred by an increasing number of flights between Taiwan and neighboring locations.

There has been one inaugural flight on new routes nearly every month, the company said, listing off the destinations: Urumqi, Zhangjiajie, Hohhot, Hailar, Lijiang and Xining in China; and Takamatsu, Okayama, Asahikawa and Ishigaki in Japan.

In addition to passengers taking off from and landing at Taoyuan Airport, the gateway saw 1.89 million transit passengers in the first 11 months of the year, an increase of 11.38 percent.

Company vice president Wen Yung-sung said the transit passengers were mostly travelers moving between the United States and Southeast Asia.

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