I havent set foot at TErminal one since i left from there in 99. But I have used that airport many many a times. One must realize that its quite old. It was opened in what 1978? Iv always liked it. I dont recall there being a smell bout it back then, but then its old now. I liked the arrivals hall small single eatery run by IIRC the Grand HOtel? They had a beef on rice for what 110nt? I liked that , it was good. And on the departure side, they had just a few shops, nothing fancy (who wants to buy a lot there anyway if you live in Taiwan) and they had this restaurant that was pretty good. Many a times sending off my then CX stewardess GF there. Check in downstairs, go upstairs hang out at the restaurant for a wee bit.
And inside there were enough DutyFree shops. I dont shop there anyway so it doesnt bother me that its huge or not. And then you go to the departure hall for your flight and its airy and roomy and has huge windows for you to see out of.
And coming back in, get off the plane, head for immigration, go downstairs to the carosel for bags and very fast thru customs and out to the buses.
It worked well as an airport and it was pretty good back in the late 70s and 80s. By the 90s fancy new airports started really becoming the “thing”. KL has a new airport now, Subang is not the int airport no more there, Thailand has swampy, korea has inchon, spore has new facilities at changi, etc.
Terminal two at TPE i just used recently in 2009. I liked it but even though user friendly, there wasnt a whole lot there. There were better shops past immigration but once again I dont shop at Duty Free a whole lot.
I understand Terminal One is going to be completely renovated within the next five years or so?
But iv liked it in its day, it worked and it was efficient and got the job done. In and out. Parking wasnt too far away and was reasonable, etc.
The new terminal at SFO is pretty nice but parking is pretty expensive at IIRC round 7 bucks an hour.
HK 's new airport is a whole lot better then the old . One really cant compare the latest and the bestest in Asian airports to Terminal One in TPE, which was a lot better then the old airports in HK, BKK, KL, Seoul and many Japanese airports (other then perhaps Narita and Osaka). Changi was then quite a concept for Asian airports and a trend leader. Then HK came about and that was/is pretty awesome.
I guess they should shift all traffic away from TErm One to do heavy renovation but perhaps Term Two cant handle all the traffic?