All international flights in Taipei are managed by the largest and the busiest airport of the island - Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Now it bears the name of its place location although until 2006 it was named after Chiang Kai-shek, just like many other significant places of the city. This only proves how much people of Taiwan respect its former president. However, since many men associate the name of Chiang Kai-shek with the radical party of China, it was decided to use a more neutral name for the airport. Nevertheless, it didn't affect the reputation of the airport one way or the other. At the moment, the main national carrier China Airlines as well as its rival EVA Air are based here. Initially Taiwan Taoyuan had only one terminal, but since passenger traffic had dramatically increased over the last years, in 2000 an additional second terminal was opened. In the future it is planned to build another one to replace the very first old terminal. The distance from the airport to the city centre is 50 km. There are several ways to get to Taipei. For instance, you can take a taxi from economy class to VIP auto. But to be in Taipei and not to ride on a high speed train is a huge omission. Therefore, the most exciting and fastest way to get downtown is to enjoy a 7 minutes drive on a train.
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