Taipei, The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Sunday that it will assess whether to dismantle and rebuild the 40-year-old Terminal 1 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, when it completes the construction of a third terminal.
Terminal 1, which opened in 1979, was renovated and expanded in 2010, after which its annual passenger volume increased from 12 million to 15 million, according to the MOTC.
Currently, the process is underway for the phased construction of a third terminal, which will start early next year and will be ready for service in 2025, after which it will be able to process 20 million passengers per year, according to the MOTC.
When Terminal 3 is completed, an assessment will be made on whether to rebuild Terminal 1, the ministry said.
According to Taoyuan International Airport Corp., which manages the airport, the main building in Terminal 3 will be completed in 2025, while work on the northern and southern concourses will be finished in 2024 and 2026, respectively.
Overcrowding of the airport over the past few years prompted the expansion of Terminal 2, which was opened on 29 July 2000, and the expansion was completed in 2018, allowing it to handle 22 million passengers per year, according to MOTC.
The MOTC also said it is mulling renovations on Terminal 2.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel