TAIPEI–Taiwan’s air passenger traffic amounted to a record high of 57.81 million trips last year, as the country stepped up efforts to build up its aviation industry, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Friday.
Of the 57.81 million passengers, overseas, cross-Taiwan Strait and domestic travelers accounted for 36.18 million, 11.85 million and 9.77 million, respectively, according to the agency.
The figure, a 5-percent increase from last year, surpassed the record of 56.3 million air passengers set in 1997, CAA data show.
Air traffic in Taiwan began to slide in 1997 due to the start of high-speed rail services connecting Taipei in the north and Kaohsiung in the south. In 2008, a record-low of 35.23 million air passengers were handled in the country’s airports.
However, thanks to the launch of direct flights between Taiwan and China in 2008, as well as increasing tourism promotion campaigns by the government and more budget airline services in the Taiwanese market, air passenger traffic has been on the rise since then, the agency said.