New control tower to be built at int'l airport: CAA
CNATAIPEI -- Work on a new traffic control tower at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is scheduled to start before the end of the year, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said yesterday.
October 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The new control tower, which will complement the existing one that has been in operation for 34 years, is part of an overall renovation of the airport under a government initiative to create a Taoyuan Aerotropolis.
In addition to building a new control tower, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018, the renovation project also calls for a makeover of Terminal 1 and the construction of a third terminal.
The CAA said a new control tower is needed because the existing tower will soon be unable to accommodate the growing number of flights handled by the airport.
The airport handled about 100 flights a day in its early years but sees more than 500 flights a day at present and will face 1,200 flights by day in 2030, according to CAA projections, well beyond the current control tower's capacity.
The new 65-meter-high tower will function alongside the existing 46-meter-high tower to provide improved visibility of the airport and air traffic patterns.