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More int'l flights to nation's less-popular airports

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- International flights to Kaohsiung International Airport and Taichung Ching-Chuan-Kang Airport have grown by 10 percent since the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) cut down landing fees to airports located in Central and Southern Taiwan.

The CAA recently made some adjustments to landing fees levied on airliners, depending on airport destinations. The aim is to encourage airlines to land more frequently at airports other than Taipei Songshan Airport and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Three different cost structures are applied to international airliners, depending on the “popularity” of their destination airports. Fees were hiked by 30 percent to landings in the Taipei Songshan Airport which currently operates at full capacity. Fees were cut by 10 percent for landings at the Kaohsiung airport and the Taichung airport. Fees were cut by 50 percent to landings at airports located at Hualien, Taitung, Penghu, Tainan, Chiayi and Kinmen. Further deductions are available if airlines add more flights to these less-popular destinations.

With the new measure, the CAA collected NT$30 million more in landing fees between July and December of last year, compared with the same period a year ago. The CAA used to collect a total of NT$470 million landing fees per year.

The change in fee structure was originally intended as a short-term measure, which was well received by those in the industry. The CAA therefore decided to continue the implementation.

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