Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Reviews
When the original and only airport in Taipei City (Taipei Songshan Airport) had become overcrowded in the 1970s, a new airport was opened to alleviate congestion in 1979 alongside with its Terminal 1. Initially, it was planned to be called “Taoyuan International Airport” but this was later changed to Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, in memory of former President Chiang Kai-shek (CKS International Airport). Eventually in 2006, the name was changed to its current name.
The airport serving the Taipei area is the largest of Taiwan’s four international airports and is the largest airport among the two airports serving Taipei (the other being Taipei Songshan Airport). Now, let’s look at more about Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) in this review.
The largest international airport in the Republic of China where most international flights depart and arrive everyday. Given that introduction, TPE has several facilities throughout its terminals. The second terminal which was opened in 2000 has 24 restrooms and free showers available. Information desks and tourists services counters are found in both terminals and English is spoken.
The five-story terminal 1 of the airport features 22 gates. A row of 11 gates is located on the north end of the airfield facing the north runway and another row of 11 gates is located on the south end airfield facing the south runway. Together, they form a giant “H”. In 2012, the renovation project of the terminal was completed, doubling the floor area, expanding check-in counters, increasing shopping areas, and expanding car-parking facilities. Part of the project was the complete redesigning of both the exterior and interior of the terminal.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport welcomes overnight guests since the TPE is open 24 hours. However, please be advised that restaurants close by midnight. As an alternative, there is a 24-hour 7-Eleven in Terminal 2’s food court.
Shops at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport include newsagents, duty-free outlets, and retailers selling local crafts and souvenirs. These can be found throughout the terminals, although there is a larger concentration in the departure areas. There are bank branches in both terminals. These outlets also offer ATMs and currency exchange services.
Travellers can stay connected because TPE has free WiFi available throughout the airport. Internet facilities are also available on Terminal 1’s 1st floor, north and south departure corridors. Though, for passengers at Terminal 2, WiFi is only available at Mila Coffee.
Shuttle buses and the driverless Skytrain shuttle provide regular free transportation between the terminals.
Through public transportation, regular shuttle buses link Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport with the nearby Taoyuan HSR station. Several bus companies route to Taipei City centre destinations. Taxis are also available 24 hours a day outside the arrivals area, but please be advised that this is the most expensive way of travelling to the city.
Location – Traffic – Service
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is located 40 km (25 miles) west of Taipei, in Taoyuan County. Being one of the 20th busiest airports, TPE operates as a hub for China Airlines, EVA Air, Tigerair Taiwan, TransAsia Airways and V Air. The busiest international routes from TPE are Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Shanghai, and Singapore.
The passenger traffic in the airport grew a lot in the past 5 years. The passenger traffic in 2009 was 21 million and in 2015, 38.5 million passengers used the airport. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport has 2 terminals and 2 runways.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Reviews and News
TPE had garnered an overall rating of 6/10 on Skytrax. According to 79 Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport reviews, the airport is clean, spacious, and organized. One reviewer even said “This airport has shown huge improvements since my last visit a few years ago. The terminal looked very new after major renovation work and was comfortable to use.” To see more of the recent Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Reviews, click here.
The airport has announced construction plans for Terminals 3 and 4. Though, construction of Terminal 3 begun in 2014 and is scheduled for completion in 2018. London studio Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners had won a bid to design a new terminal for Taiwan’s largest airport. Terminal 3 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will comprise a new terminal building, boarding gates, concourses, and a multi-function building, along with transport infrastructure.
- Airport Code: TPE
- Phone Number: +886 3 398 3728
- Website URL: http://www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/Index/
- Address: No. 9, Hangzhan S Rd, Dayuan District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan 33758
Even if the airport had ranked down to the 20th spot this year from being 17th last year on “The World’s Top 100 Airports,” this obviously didn’t affect the performance and quality of service TPE provides. The airport, which was initially established to help an airport serving Taipei, had actually been a performer for several years. Have you been to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport? Feel free to share your experience below.