Taiwan to waive aircraft landing fees to boost tourism

Taipei-The Ministry of Transportation and Communications is planning to eliminate landing fees for international flights from certain destinations at airports in Taiwan other than at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Taipei Songshan Airport, in the hope of boosting air traffic and local tourism.

The measure which is expected to be in place from Oct. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 will apply to flights from Japan, South Korea and New Southbound Policy (NSP) countries, as well as Hong Kong and Macau, the ministry said.

The policy is designed to attract air carriers to increase flights to local airports and bring more international tourists to central, southern and eastern parts of Taiwan, according to the ministry.

Landing fees -- charges paid by aircraft to airports for permission to land -- are calculated based on the aircraft's maximum takeoff weight and are one of the major sources of income for airport operators.

The six-month landing fee waiver is expected to result in a reduction of NT$126 million (US$4.01 million) in revenues for Taiwan's airports, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration's (CAA) estimation.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel