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Flying to Taiwan, Airports in Taiwan

Updated: 2016-Nov-21

Flying to Taiwan to teach English or otherwise, we often find ourselves having to book tickets with airlines we may have never heard of and wondering which one we should go with to get the best deals. In that interest, here are the 4 companies that provided the most international flights to & from Taiwan in 2016.

 

Top 4 Airlines with International Service
to Taiwan in March 2016

Arriving
Flights
Arriving
Passengers
Departing
Flights
Departing
Passengers
Total
Passengers
Total
Flights
Taiwan's China Airlines logo
China Airlines 中華航空
2,477
-3.20%
516,250
-8.87%
2,473
-3.59%
502,191
-11.47%
1,018,441
-10.17%
4,950
-3.40%
Taiwan's Eva Air logo
Eva Air 長榮航空
2,179
-4.30%
440,635
-8.23%
2,193
-3.56%
432,417
-9.63%
873,052
-8.93%
4,372
-3.93%
Cathay Pacific logo
Cathay Pacific 國泰航空
573
-8.90%
151,276
-6.50%
568
-8.68%
142,316
-13.84%
293,592
-10.21%
1,141
-8.79%
Hong Kong Dragon Air logo
Hong Kong Dragon Air 港龍航空
292
-10.98%
55,815
-9.00%
292
-10.98%
49,208
-20.35%
105,023
-14.70%
584
-10.98%

 

 

Airports in Taiwan

There are two main airports for overseas flights. Let's take a look at them.

Taoyuan International Airport, TPE, 台灣桃園國際機場in Taoyuan (formerly named Chiang Kai-shek International Airport) - in Taoyuan County, which is the county immediately south of Taipei
Kaohsiung International Airport, KHH, 高雄國際機場 down south in Kaohsiung. The direct destination of many flights from East Asia & Hong Kong but currently it sees almost no flights from the EU or North America.

Taoyuan International Airport, TPE, 台灣桃園國際機場

Most flights land at Taoyuan International. It is also the home base for China Airlines & EVA Air.

Getting from the airport to Taipei once you've arrived can be done by taxi, for a stiff NT$1,200, but is normally achieved by bus,costing NT$125-150.

The busses run about every 15 - 30 minutes from around 5:30am until 1am. The trip is a little under an hour.

The English name for these busses is translated as "Express Bus", though you can think of them as what we would probably call back home Shuttle Busses.

Bus information is below.

If you arrive when busses are not running you will certainly see a line of taxis waiting. Also, you may be approached by regular people who run off-the-books "taxis" using their own cars. Prudence of course will lead you away from these.


Chinese English

History

The Taoyuan International Airport was opened in 1979. A second terminal was added in 2000.

Work on a mass trainsit line connecting to Taipei city was started in 2006. It is expected to be completed by 2012 & start to carrying passengers in 2013 and is slated to ring in at NT$93,600,000,000.

In 2006 Chen Shuei Bian's administration supported the airport's name being changed to the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, a reflection of the split between the main political parties on the island.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Taoyuan International Airport Terminal One

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport P. 2
Taoyuan International Airport Terminal Two

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport P. 3
Taoyuan International Airport Terminal Two

Taoyuan Airport Bus to Taipei Waiting Area
Taoyuan International Airport Bus Waiting Area

Taoyuan to Taipei Airport Bus
Here Comes the Bus!

Kaohsiung International Airport. KHH, 高雄國際機場

You can fly into Kaohsiung as well from international destinations,but its pretty uncommon for flights from the North America or Europe.Direct flights to Kaohsiung are more common from East Asia or Hong Kong.

Getting from the airport to Kaohsiung city can be done by taxi, for around NT$250 but is also normally achieved by bus costing NT$26 or by MRT.

The busses run about every 10 - 20 minutes from around 7am to midnight each day. The trip by bus is around 30 minutes. The English name for these busses is translated as "Express Bus", though you can think of them as what we would probably call back home Shuttle Busses.

The MRT runs from 6am to 11pm. The trip is about 20 minutes and the cost is around NT$40.


Chinese English

History

The site for Kaohsiung International Airport was originally laid out by the Japanese in the early 1900s (Japanese colonial Era: 1895-1945).

In 1973 it opened to international passengers.

A new international terminal was built in 1997. Kaohsiung International Airport is also known as the Hsiaogang Airport小港機場, 高雄小港機場.

Kaohsiung International Airport Main Terminal
Kaohsiung International Airport Main Terminal

Kaohsiung International Airport Main Terminal 2
Kaohsiung International Airport International Terminal

Bus Kaohsiung International Airport to Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Kaohsiung International Airport Bus to the City

Bus Kaohsiung International Airport to Kaohsiung, Taiwan 2
Kaohsiung International Airport Bus to the City

Kaohsiung International Airport Domestic Tickets Counter
Kaohsiung International Airport Domestic Tickets Counter

Kaohsiung International International Terminal
Kaohsiung International International Terminal

Taipei's Downtown Domestic Airport

The Taipei Songshan Airport, TSA, 臺北松山機場 is used for domestic flights. It is literally in the heart of the city.

The arrival of the new north-south High Speed Rail in 2006 has left the airport far less financiallly viable. Passenger traffic at the TSA has fallen40.4% July 2006 - July 2008. Decades old service between Taipei and Taichung, Chiayi and Tainan have been cancelled.

Nonetheless,an MRT extension connecting the Brown Line and TSA is slated for completion in 2009 - and at a cost of some at NT$2,000,000,000. The TSA's survival is openly debated. Owing to its centrallocation in Taipei developers' plans have been feverishly rolled and unrolled for decades.  Yet, before the condos are built, the liberalization of flights between Taiwan and China portends a potential second lease on airliner life for the Taipei Songshan Airport.

Taipei Songshan Airport TSA
Taipei Songshan Airport TSA

Taipei Songshan Airport TSA
Taipei Songshan Airport TSA

Other Airports

Infrequently international flights fly by special charter into other airports around Taiwan.

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