Building of Taoyuan airport's terminal 3 cannot meet 2020 deadline

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Building of Taoyuan airport's terminal 3 cannot meet 2020 deadline

Taipei, April 12 (CNA) Construction of a third terminal at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will not be completed by its previously scheduled deadline of 2020, Minister of Transportation and Communications Ho Chen Tan (賀陳旦) said Thursday.

Ho Chen told reporters that the original deadline for completing the third terminal by the end of 2020 was overly optimistic, so the timeline for the project has been pushed back.

This, according to the minister, is due to the fact that detailed designs for the terminal were only finished at the end of last year.

In order to carry out the planning and construction of the terminal properly, the deadline will have to be postponed, Ho Chen said.

The news does not come as a surprise, as officials of Taoyuan International Airport Co. said in February that such a delay might occur.

According to the original deadline, the terminal would have opened for test operations in the first six months of 2021.

While Ho Chen said that the extent of the delay will be determined in a month's time at the latest, a company that is interested in obtaining the contract for the work said the project will most likely be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022.

In fact, many companies responded to the airport's request for tenders at the beginning of this year by saying that the construction period was too short.

A reasonable period is considered about 51 months, which would mean a two-year delay to the original deadline.

Once completed, the terminal will increase the passenger volume the airport can handle by up to 20 million people annually.

(By Wang Shu-feng and Kuan-lin Liu)

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