The original renovation plan for the Kaohsiung International Airport aims to upgrade the airport to have the capacity to accommodate up to 16.5 million passengers per year by 2035. However, after reevaluation, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications has decided to further extend the deadline and expand the airport capacity to 20 million passengers by 2040.
The lobby of the Kaohsiung International Airport is packed with a large number of tourists. As the airport sets new records for passenger traffic volume year by year, at peak hours, the four counters and 88 receptionists can barely handle the large number of travelers. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications had originally planned to expand the airport to one that's capable of accommodating 16.5 million passengers per year in 2035. However, the ministry recently revised its plan to expand the airport to be able to accommodate 20 million passengers in 2040.
It (the airport) could become a regional hub that connects to different markets in the Indo-Pacific region. We have devised a plan which involves separating the management of passenger traffic and cargo. If put in place, this would allow the airport to accommodate up to 20 million passengers per year.
The Kaohsiung International Airport currently has two terminals, one for domestic flights and another serving international flights. The two are connected by a corridor way. According to the renovation plan by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the new terminal will be completed by 2027, and it will be expanded by 2032. The terminal for domestic and for international flights will be merged into one by 2035. And by 2040, the management of passengers will be separated from that of cargo. Scholars also believe that since there are spare real estate around the current airport, it's a better plan to expand the airport instead of building a new one.
In peak hours, it (the airport) will need more room. Secondly, more and more tourists utilize self-help services and therefore the airport doesn't need many more counters. It's a good idea to merge the two terminals.
The scholar believes that Kaohsiung International Airport is also suitable for more affordable flights. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications said, due to the rising economy of the Indo-Pacific region, the airport is not necessary to cancel the night flying restrictions and can expect to see 20 million passengers in the future. The ministry is also planning to upgrade the airport in central Taiwan, to another hub for the Indo-Pacific region.