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Hualien Airport
花蓮機場
IATA: HUN – ICAO: RCYU
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aeronautics Administration
Location Hualien,Taiwan
Elevation AMSL 52 ft / 16 m
Coordinates 24°01′23″N 121°37′04″E / 24.02306°N 121.61778°E / 24.02306; 121.61778Coordinates: 24°01′23″N 121°37′04″E / 24.02306°N 121.61778°E / 24.02306; 121.61778
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 9,022 2,750 Concrete

Hualien Airport (花蓮機場) (IATA: HUN, ICAO: RCYU) is a commercial airport located in a 11.5 hectare civilian area of a military airbase in Hualien, Taiwan. It primary serves domestic flights although it can handle international charter flights as well. The proximity of Hualien Airport to a military base has caused some tension between travelers, airline officials, and the Republic of China Air Force, especially when civilian flights are cancelled due to war games exercises.

History

The airport was opened on May 16, 1962 for military and domestic civilian use. Prior to this time, Hualien was a military gravel airfield.

On August 24, 1999, a Uni Air MD-90 flight from Taipei carrying 96 passengers and crew exploded just after it landed at Hualien. The blast injured 28 people and killed one, although a pregnant woman miscarried days later. An investigation revealed that former Taiwanese decathlete Ku Chin-shui (古金水), who was not aboard the flight, had given bottles of flammable liquid to his nephew to transport. Ku was convicted in 2002 and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison, but a later trial upon his appeal found him not guilty on December 27, 2004. [1]

On April 27, 2001, Hualien Airport became certified to serve international flights, specifically charter flights to and from Japan (to nearby Yonaguni in particular). The first Japanese charter arrived at Hualien on October 1, 2001. Charter flights to South Korea began on August 8, 2004, and charters to Macau began on October 19, 2004. There has also been discussion of using Hualien for charter flights to mainland China under the Three Links scheme.

Expansion


Hualien Airport terminal
Hualien Airport terminal

Because Hualien City is a popular gateway into Taroko National Park, the airport became too small and outdated for the growing number of tourists. It underwent a significant expansion between 2002-2005 in anticipation of increased traffic from international charters and in an effort to spur local economic development. Plans called for new passenger and cargo terminals, new air bridges, and a new apron. The new passenger terminal was opened on March 19, 2004, at a cost of NT$2.3 billion (USD$69 million). It incorporates design cues from both classical Chinese and Aboriginal Taiwanese architecture, though the building overall has a modern look with copious use of granite, marble, steel, and glass. Hualien's terminal is one of only three airport terminals in Taiwan whose layout allows aviation enthusiasts clear views of takeoffs and landings (the other two being Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, and Kaohsiung International Airport, Kaohsiung). However, even though the new terminal was designed to serve international clientele, the airport so far has neither the level of passenger usage nor the appropriate aircraft maintenance ground services to merit "international" status. A major problem has been that the airport's waste disposal facilities are still inadequate to accommodate even the current volume of arriving flights. Nevertheless, Hualien Airport served as the departure point for King Mswati III of Swaziland on May 24, 2004, following a state visit.

Airlines and Destination

Airlines Destinations
China Airlines operated by Mandarin Airlines Kaohsiung, Hong Kong
TransAsia Airways Taipei-Songshan


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General Info
Country Taiwan
ICAO ID RCYU
Time UTC+8
Latitude 24.023725
24° 01' 25.41" N
Longitude 121.616906
121° 37' 00.86" E
Elevation 52 feet
16 meters
Type Military
Magnetic Variation 003° W (08/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency MILITARY
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS


Communications
TWR 118.1
126.18
236.6
GND 121.9
APP 119.1
124.0
247.95
276.8
330.2
Communications Remarks  
TWR (118.1 civ prim).
APP 119.5,329.5 flt flw


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
03/21 9022 x 148 feet
2750 x 45 meters
PART CONCRETE, PART ASPHALT, OR PART BITUMEN-BOUND MACADAM. - YES
03L/21R 1130 x 65 feet
344 x 20 meters
ASPHALT - NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
TACAN HLN HUALIEN 023X - At Field -
VOR-DME HLN HUALIEN 088X 114.1 1.3 NM 287.1
NDB YU HUALIEN - 380 At Field -


Remarks
CAUTION 484' stack 0.8NM, 129 from thld Rwy21.
FUEL Ctc the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), duty hr fone, C886 2784 2336, OT, C886 2709 3013. Avbl 2300-1400Z.
LGT PAPI Rwy 03L GS 3.19 , MEHT 61' ,21R GS 2.98 , MEHT 57'.
MISC No US mil/OPS/wx/aerospace gnd eqpt/tran alert/maint svc.
RSTD PPR 96 hr IAW FCG exc emerg. All aircrews use ICAO NOTAM fac/off island sources.For assistance ctc the (AIT), address 7, Lane 134, Hsin Yi Road, Section 3, Taipei, Taiwan, duty hr fone, C886 2784 2336, OT, C886 2709 3013.



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