TAIPEI (The China Post) – A ‘hole in runway’ at Taoyuan Airport caused long delays for Tigerair flight IT237, which returned from Hakodate yesterday on March 7 — passengers waited for about an hour before eventually disembarking.
台灣虎航 IT237 昨（ 7 ）日下午由函館返台班機，因桃園機場滑行道破洞關閉，乘客在機艙乾等 1小時才下機。
Asked about the reason for the delay, the company blamed “over-sliding,” saying that the flight was waiting for help from a trailer. Also, owing to ground operation issues, the reason was later found out and instructions were thus given by the tower.
The airline replied that the flight landed on the north runway at 16:15. However, the runway was already closed at 16:12 owing to “hole damage.”
台灣虎航表示，昨日 IT237 由函館回台的航班，16:15 於北跑道正常落地，然而桃園機場 EC滑行道破洞，且於 16:12 已關閉該滑行道。
The flight was near cargo apron at the time. Tigerair decided to request the airport to allow passengers to get off from the cargo apron since the time for airport reopening hadn’t been announced yet.
The EC runway was reopened at 17:10. However, at the time the connection hadn’t been arranged, yet so the airline asked for permission from the tower. Trailer was sent to pull the aircraft back to air bridge B3 and passenger stated to disembark at 17:27.
至 17:10，EC 滑行道重新開放，然而接駁相關通行尚未安排完成，因此台虎亦要求塔台優先處理台虎航班。後按指示由拖車拉行該航機經由 EC 滑行道回到 B3 空橋，並於 17:27 開始下客。