Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport's second terminal will be closed two years for renovation after the new Terminal 3 comes into service in 2021, said Tseng Dar-jen (???), chairman of Taoyuan International Airport Corp. on Wednesday.
The airport operator decided to overhaul Terminal 2's aging power and water supply systems to prevent further problems that could affect the terminal's operations after two power outages at the terminal in 2014 and 2016, respectively, according to Tseng.
The renovation will focus on replacing electrical wiring, water pipes and the air conditioning system, and the work is expected to take two years to complete, Tseng said in an interview with CNA.
Terminal 3 is expected to be completed by 2020 and will be officially put into service in 2021 following a six-month trial run, Tseng said, and because the new terminal is capable of handling 45 million passengers per year, the period after it opens will be the best time to shut down Terminal 2, Tseng said.
The company has initially decided to move the carriers operating out of Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 at the end of 2021.
Terminal 2 opened in July 2000 with a capacity of 17 million passengers to reduce heavy congestion in the aging Terminal 1, Tseng said.
With significant growth in passenger traffic in the airport during the past few years, the airport company began a project in 2015 to expand Terminal 2's capacity by 5 million passengers per year, with work expected to be completed in 2018, Tseng said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel