Pingtung Subsidies NT$300,000 for Charter Flights|恆春機場運量低迷 屏縣府補助1架包機30萬
Hengchun Airport has suffered from extremely low passenger numbers for many years. The traffic volume since 2015 up till now is zero; therefore is considered a "mosquito airport". Even Uni Air had stopped its only fixed flight this year, the Pingtung Government is hoping to increase charter flights by adding NT$9 million to its budget. Every charter flight would be subsidized NT$300,000. The county government is hoping to increase the length of the runway in order to upgrade to an international airport. The Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung said he will encourage this cooperation. However some scholars think the severe windy conditions in the area adds to safety concerns. They suggest it is better to reinforce land transportation in order to boost tourism in Pingtung.
The Hengchun Airport suffers from extremely low passenger volume for a long time due to the "katabatic wind" or "downslope wind" in the area. There were only 768 passengers in 2014. The airport is considered an idle or abandoned facility with its passenger numbers downed to zero since 2015 till this year. The airport was previously rumored to be abolished. Uni Air even announced in May this year the only fixed flight was cancelled. The Pingtung County government urged to activate the airport and had signed memorandums with several travel agencies. In 2017, the Executive Yuan had given the Pingtung County two years to try out the charter flight plan, but there were still no international flights coming in and out of the airport.
We have signed memorandums with several travel agencies, but the one of the problems we have encountered is that their airplanes require larger runways, both in length and width.
The Pingtung County government has tried vigorously to revive the Hengchun Airport and has added a NT$9 million budget to subsidize NT$300,000 for each charter flight. Local residents is hoping the airport could be upgraded to an international airport with direct flights and bring in tourists. The county government's Transportation and Tourism department also pointed out the existing runway is only 1700 meters long which is not enough for many airline operators. The department is calling on the central government to expand the airport and increase the runway length and is hoping the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) could make a full assessment and improvement on the Hengchun Airport next year.
When it comes to charter flights, airline operators have their own considerations, for example, flying routes. Unfortunately, there are no charter flights coming into this airport. As for the international tourists, of course we encourage charter flights and the CAA is discussing it with tourism operators.
Even if we expand the airport large enough to accommodate the landing of bigger jet planes, the problem of zero tourists still exist. If airliners do land in this airport because of the subsidy, then once the subsidy period is over, the flights would stop as well.
Transportation experts analyzed the low passenger volume in Hengchun Airport and believed it is due to the downslope wind and the restriction in its terrain. Expanding the airport could induce safety concerns. The experts suggested the reinforcement of land transportation by adding buses and trains in order to boost the tourism in Pingtung.
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