The Ministry of Transportation and Communications said today that while the number of Taiwan residents traveling abroad in the first six months of 2017 increased, the number of passenger arrivals has decreased from the same period last year.
According to the ministry, the number of Taiwan residents traveling abroad increased 6.8% year-on-year from January to June. Meanwhile, the number of total arrivals decreased 5.7% and the number of foreign tourists via the airports decreased 6.9%. The total passenger traffic through the airports decreased 16.1% year-on-year in the period.
The number of people traveling via public transportation to and from the airports in the first six months of the year totaled 32.36 million, an increase of 2.9% year-on-year. Among the total were 21.62 million non-Taiwanese travelers, an increase of 8.9% from the same period last year.
Flights between Taiwan and Japan were the most popular, transporting a total of 6.39 million passengers. It was followed by Hong Kong with 4.42 million passengers. Flight routes to and from Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Cambodia also increased during the first half of the year. Vietnam passenger volume increased 42.1% year-on-year to 1.25 million.
The greatest impact on the decreased tourist numbers was due to the decline in travelers from mainland China. The total number from passengers from China was 5.05 million in the first half of the year, down 16.1% year-on-year or 970,000 passengers.
Overall, Taoyuan International Airport saw an increase in passenger traffic, but Songshan and Kaohsiung airports recorded decreases of 5.8% and 2.5%, respectively, in the first half of the year.
In addition to the air passenger traffic, the average daily passenger volume of rail and public motor vehicle transport reached 6.42 million passengers, an increase of 2.4% over the same period last year, but the number of road passengers decreased 15.1% from the same period last year.