Previously recognised as Chiang Kai-shek International Airport up till 2006, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport serves as the primary gateway into Taipei, the capital city of its country. Taipei is also served by Songshan Airport, which mainly handles domestic and chartered flights these days. The airport was first installed in 1979 as a solution to overwhelming operations at Songshan Airport, and initially christened after former political figure and President, Chiang Kai-shek. Functioning as the country’s largest airport, Taiwan Taoyuan Airport is not only significant in terms of sheer magnitude, but also enjoys the highest passenger traffic out of all Taiwan airports. The airport is also home to the base operations of prominent airlines like China Airlines and EVA Air, and has won several awards varying across different categories including Best Airport Security Processing by Skytrax.
Taiwan Taoyuan Airport currently comprises two main passenger terminals, although there are plans to construct a third one alongside connections with the local rapid transit lines. Terminal 1, the original terminal of the airport inaugurated in 1979, serves as a host today for operations belonging to China Airlines and Cathay Pacific. Terminal 2, added in 2000 to relieve overcrowded of its counterpart, hosts more operations by China Airlines but also EVA Air. Other prominent names found to have docked at Taiwan Taoyuan Airport includes Air China, Delta Air Lines, Singapore Airlines, and Emirates. Taiwan Taoyuan Airport also offers convenient means of interchanging between the two terminals through its provision of the internal Skytrain as well as complimentary shuttle services. Shuttle buses run at least twice every hour, while the Skytrains will be available throughout the day. At night, passengers may transfer to the opposite terminal by calling for the night Skytrain service as well.
Services and Facilities
Between and around both terminals of Taiwan Taoyuan Airport, passengers can find endless amenities which they may utilise to their advantage. The newly established business centre offers an exclusive experience for business travellers such as isolated spaces promising undisrupted peace, top-notch facilities including a spa and gymnasium, and flexible check-in timings. At the airport, passengers can also treat themselves to some retail escapade, with boutique shops selling anything from toys to jewellery and fashion wear. Never go hungry at Taiwan Taoyuan Airport as well, with the abundance of dining choices, from traditional Asian cuisines to sinful western burgers. Other general amenities available at the airport include post services, banking facilities, medical services, shower facilities, luggage storing services and information counters.
Airport or nearby transit hotels
Not many accommodation choices can be found within close proximity of the airport, but rest assured that many renowned hotels do offer their own airport transfers and shuttle services. The Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport Hotel is one such example. Despite being situated just 5 minutes away from the airport grounds, the hotel offers complimentary shuttles to and from the airport round the clock. But more than that, the hotel is a great choice for those seeking a comfortable night’s rest. Equipped with state of the art facilities and intricately designed rooms, passengers will no doubt feel right at home and at peace while resting before their next flights out. Novotel also offers room service for those coming in late on hungry stomachs, express check-in and check-out services, babysitting services and a tour desk should you have a free afternoon to spare and wish to venture into the city a little further.