Government to lower landing fees at most airports to boost tourism

The government is planning to cut landing fees at most airports in Taiwan, apart from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Taipei Songshan Airport, in an effort to attract carriers to fly to Taiwan's smaller airports, Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan (???) said Friday.

Ho Chen made the remarks on the opening day of the 2016 Taipei International Travel Fair (ITF), Taiwan's largest travel fair, adding that the policy is expected to take effect Jan. 1, 2017.

It is hoped that the reduced landing fees -- charges paid by aircraft to airports for permission to land -- will encourage more carriers to explore second-tier or third-tier cities in Taiwan as destinations, Ho Chen said.

Landing fees will be reduced by an average of roughly 20 percent, at airports in Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Hualien and Taitung, as well as in outlying Kinmen and Penghu, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA).

For example, the landing fee for an Airbus A320 using the Taichung Airport will be set at NT$9,600 (US$350) instead of the current fee of NT$11,800, the CAA said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel