Kaohsiung International Airport is a medium-sized commercial airport serving the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is the third largest airport in Taiwan in terms of passenger movement and is responsible for up to 15% of international passengers in and out of Taiwan.
The airport was built originally as an Imperial Japanese Navy Air Squadron base in 1938 when Taiwan was still under the ruling of Japan. The airport continued to serve as a military base when the Republic of China government took control of Taiwan. However, because of the rising demand for civil transportation in and out of southern Taiwan, it was demilitarized and converted into a domestic airport in 1965. It underwent even further upgrading and became and international airport in 1969.
Kaohsiung International Airport has a domestic and international terminal, connected by a covered walkway. The domestic terminal was built in 1965, around the time when the airport began serving as a civilian airport. Over the years, it underwent frequent minute expansions and renovations.
The international terminal opened in 1997, and serves all international and connecting flights to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
The airport is also well equipped with facilities catered to the comfort of all passengers passing through the airport. Internet services, Wi-Fi, dining, shopping, and VIP lounges fully furbished with entertainment units and refreshments are some of the facilities Kaohsiung International Airport provides for its passengers.
How to get around
Kaohsiung Airport provides bus services ferrying passengers from the airport to the nearby area, Kenting. The ticket for each journey is not high, and is considered one of the best and most efficient ways to get into the city centre from the airport. The journey takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
If you wish to hire a car, rental companies are situated at the arrival halls. A rental is one of the best ways to explore the city at your own leisure. However, be mindful of the traffic rules and driving etiquette. This option only recommended for seasoned travellers and those who are good with directions.
For those who wish to enjoy the privacy of a car, but does not want to drive, taking a Taxi is the next best option. Taxi rates have a NT$50 surcharge if you flag down a cab along the road. Proceed to the west side of the airport, near the bus boarding area, and you will find standing Taxis ready to go. Taxis here will charge by the meter and has no additional surcharge.
What to see & do
Kaohsiung is the second most populated city in Taiwan after New Taipei. It is located south of the island.
One of the must visit places in Kaohsiung is the Qijin District. It is one of Kaohsiung’s main harbours and serves as a natural breakwater. Qijin is littered with seafood restaurants offering freshly caught seafood. They are prepared right after you pick out which ones you want. This district is linked to the rest of the city through underwater tunnels, but the best option is taking a ferry that goes across the harbour. The fare for each ride is about NT$15 per person.
If you’re looking to relax, you can try going to the Lotus Lake at Zuoying District. Temples, some of which are built out into the lake, surround the lake. Visit some of the notable temples like Dragon-Tiger Pavilion and Spring Autumn Pavilion, as well as the Confucius Temple. There are hawkers selling food, drinks and trinkets around the lake during the day for hungry and thirsty travellers.