Taipei Songshan Airport (IATA: TSA, ICAO: RCSS) is a mid-size commercial airport and military airbase located in Songshan, Taipei, Taiwan (the Republic of China). The airport covers an area of 182 hectares (450 acres). The civilian section of Songshan Airport, officially Taipei International Airport, has scheduled flights to domestic destinations in Taiwan and international destinations including Seoul, Tokyo, and select cities in mainland China. Songshan serves only a small portion of the international flights for Taipei compared to the larger Taoyuan International Airport. Songshan Airport is also the base of certain Republic of China Air Force units as part of the Songshan Air Force Base. The Songshan Base Command's main mission is to serve the President and Vice President of the Republic of China. The airport was built in 1936 during Japanese rule with its origins as a Japanese military airbase, the Taihoku Airfield (Japanese: 臺北飛行場, Hepburn: Taihoku Hikōjō), also known as Matsuyama Airfield (松山飛行場). After World War II, in 1946, it was taken over by the Republic of China Air Force. Shared military and civilian use—both domestic and international—began on 16 April 1950 in the reconstructed Civil Aeronautics Administration Taipei Airport (交通部民用航空局台北航空站). Domestic destinations have been Kaohsiung, Hualien, Taichung, Penghu, and Tainan. The first international destinations were Seattle, Tokyo, Pusan, Manila, Bangkok, and Hong Kong. The first international airlines included Northwest Airlines, Pan American Airlines, and Hong Kong Airways (now Cathay Pacific). Later, the airport became too small to handle an increased number of passengers, even after a series of expansions. This later worsened when new wide-body jets became common at the airport. Therefore, all international activities were relocated to Taoyuan International Airport (then known as Chiang Kai-shek International) after its inauguration on 26 February 1979. Consequently, the passenger load at the airport dropped from 6.2 million in 1978 to 2.9 million in 1979 (a 53% decrease). At its peak in 1997, the airport handled over 15.3 million passengers annually.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport ( IATA : TPE , ICAO : RCTP ) is an international airport serving Taipei and northern Taiwan . Located about 40 km west of Taipei in Dayuan District , Taoyuan , the airport is Taiwan's largest and busiest airport. It is one of five Taiwanese airports with regular international flights, and is operated by the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation . In 2016, it was ranked the best airport for its size in the Asia-Pacific region by Airports Council International . The airport opened for commercial operations in 1979 and is an important regional trans-shipment center, passenger hub, and gateway for destinations in Asia. Formerly known as Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, it was renamed on 6 September 2006 to its current name. It is one of two that serves Taipei ; the other, Taipei Songshan Airport , is located within city limits and served as Taipei's only international airport until 1979. Songshan now mainly serves chartered flights , intra-island flights, and limited international flights. In 2016, Taiwan Taoyuan handled a record 42.3 million passengers and 2.1 billion kg of freight, making it the 10th busiest airport worldwide by international passenger traffic , and 6th busiest in terms of international freight traffic in 2015. It is the main international hub for China Airlines and EVA Air . It is also a hub of Uni Air and the LCC Tigerair Taiwan . Discover below all work of the Team 1 - Inflight Videos 2 - Planespotting / Pictures Coming soon