Taoyuan airport gearing up for lifting of border controls
Taoyuan International Airport is gearing up for the lifting of border control on Thursday after enduring more than two years and seven months of emptiness. According to the Civil Aeronautics Administration, the gateway saw a total of 48.6 million travellers entering and leaving Taiwan in 2019, a record high number for the airport.
But then after the Covid-19 pandemic hit, that number nosedived to just over 900,000 last year. The CAA says that the situation is getting better, though, as travellers were returning during the first eight months of this year, when 1.5 million people used the international airport.
Taiwan imposed a ban on inbound international tourists and outbound group travels in March, 2020, in effect sending the travel industry into a free fall. It's a similar situation in Taipei Song-shan Airport and Kao-hsiung Xiao-gang International Airport.