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Taoyuan airport offsets China slowdown with southbound policy

Taipei Taoyuan International airport logged a 3.7% rise in passenger numbers to 46.5 million in 2018, boosted by more passengers from Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia.

The Taiwanese airport saw 11.3 million passengers from the regions, up 9.8% from the year before. It attributes the growth to the government’s new 'southbound policy', which focuses on enhancing relations with countries outside of mainland China.

Passengers from the mainland meanwhile grew 1.9% to 8.03 million.

The airport also saw a 12% jump in the number of passengers who travelled on low-cost carriers to 8.49 million.

Besides expanding its Terminal 2 and constructing a third terminal, the airport says it will promote the use of self-check-in systems and enhanced customs clearance facilities to cope with the growing number of passengers.

Taoyuan airport has been operating above its design capacity of 32 million for years. There has also been several rounds of delays to its third terminal, which is now scheduled to complete in 2022.

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