And we’re back on track with super mayor Ko:
[quote]Taipei, Nov. 17 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) invited the presidential candidates of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the People First Party (PFP), as well as executives of New Taipei, Keelung and Taoyuan, to a meeting Tuesday to discuss the future of Taipei’s Songshan Airport.
A commercial airport and military airbase, Songshan Airport has domestic flights, as well as flights to China, Japan and South Korea. Since Taiwan and China started direct air links in 2008, Songshan Airport has handled an ever-increasing number of passengers.
As the tourism boom led to expansion of the airport, the Cabinet in 2012 approved plans to expand. However, the Taipei city government suggested that the airport in downtown Taipei should be relocated because of limitations on aircraft types due to the length of the runways and the restriction that no flights should be scheduled between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Opening the forum at the Taipei city government, Ko spoke of the city government’s plan to move the operations of the Songshan Airport to the Taoyuan International Airport, located about 33 kilometers south of Taipei.
Since the relocation plan will involve neighboring New Taipei, Keelung and Taoyuan, it will need support of the central government, Ko said, adding that he would like to exchange views with relevant local government chiefs as well as the presidential candidates of the leading political parties.
On behalf of KMT presidential candidate and New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫), Deputy Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) said that in the long run, the New Taipei city government is in support of the relocation. However, in terms of tourism and related business, the Songshan Airport plays an important role in the region, and the New Taipei city government would expect supporting measures to be taken into consideration.
DPP Legislator Yao Wen-chih (姚文智), as representative of DPP Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), said that the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, with the completion of its expansion in 2018, will be able to handle 42 million passengers. It is not the accommodation capacity, but the administrative capability that matters, and the DPP hopes that the central government and the local governments will cooperate in realizing the Songshan Airport relocation by 2020.
Pity, just as I was getting fond of it.