With the increase of Japan’s inbound visitors, the Japanese government plans to open preclearance facilities in several countries, including Taiwan, which ranks third in the number of tourists visiting Japan.
The Ma-Xi meeting has made a breakthrough in past negotiations regarding flight-transferring issues between China and Taiwan. According to analysis, great business opportunities in the aviation and tourism industry will appear after implementation of the connecting flight policy.
Taiwan's visitor expenditures grow annually and the island ranked number 24 in visitor expenditures in the world in 2014. This has attracted international hotel chains to invest up to NT$ 354.5 billion (approximately US$ 10.7 billion) in the local hotel industry from 2008 to 2016.
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je believes that it’s impossible to terminate the airport now as it provides service to 6.1 million tourists annually, or 20 thousand tourists daily. So the ideal solution is to alter its service by transferring it to Taoyuan Airport. However, the scheduled time for the completion of the third and fourth terminals at Taoyuan Airport, as well as a third runway, will influence the relocation of Songshan Airport.
TIAC (Taoyuan International Airport Company) President David Fei says that the number of aircrafts landing and departing from the airport has grown 10% from 150 thousand to 200 thousand per year, and the increase in aircrafts has affected the erosion of the airstrips.