Taoyuan Aerotropolis plan change will not affect new runway: CAA

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Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) The Taoyuan Aerotropolis Project, the biggest urban development plan in Taiwan's history, will shrink by 127 hectares in terms of the area it will cover, but the shrinkage will not affect plans to build a third runway for the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, a Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) official said Friday.

The development project, approved by the Executive Yuan in September 2012, was originally planned to expropriate a total of 3,200 hectares of private land, affecting some 10,000 households, according to the CAA.

However, due to opposition from residents and an increase in the number of designated historic monuments in the area, the Taoyuan City government decided to cut short the scale of land expropriation by some 127 hectares after it reviewed the original development project, said Fan Hsiao-lun (范孝倫), head of the CAA's Airport Engineering Department.

Although the land concerned was set to be used for the planned expansion of the airport -- Taiwan's main gateway and part of the huge aerotropolis project -- the reduction of the land expropriation will not affect the plan to build a third runway and a boarding concourse at the airport, Fan said.

Fan anticipated that the land expropriation will begin in 2020, so that construction of the planned runway can be finished by 2025.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Elizabeth Hsu)

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