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Songshan Airport to build international cargo terminal
Central News Agency
2009-07-22 12:11 PM
Taipei, July 22 (CNA) Taipei Songshan Airport will build an international cargo terminal in preparation for the opening of a new air route between Taiwan and Japan next year, a senior aviation official said Wednesday.

The airport in downtown Taipei, which has been used for domestic flight services over the past three decades, has been undergoing renovations following the inauguration of direct charter flight services across the Taiwan Strait last year.

"In addition to the ongoing facelift project, a new cargo terminal will also be built to meet increasing market demand, especially after the opening of direct flights between the airport and Tokyo's Haneda Airport next October, " said Lee Lung-wen, director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration.

According to the newly revised Taiwan-Japan aviation agreement, Taiwan's China Airlines and Eva Airways will each operate two round-trip flights per day between Songshan Airport and Haneda Airport from October 2010. Two Japanese carriers -- Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways -- will also fly two round-trip flights daily, starting that same time.

"As all those flights will be allowed to carry cargo, we need to build an international cargo terminal to facilitate delivery services," said Lee.

According to Lee, the current domestic air cargo station at Songshan Airport will be relocated to make way for construction of the new international cargo terminal.

"Construction of the new cargo terminal is scheduled to be completed next March or April," Lee added.

Meanwhile, he said direct flight services between Songshan Airport and Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport are likely to open after the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, as the two sides are scheduled to begin talks on the plan later this year.

(By Sofia Wu)

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