Taiwan Airport MRT to reward 100 millionth passenger with year of free travel

08-Dec-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The Taoyuan Airport Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line will reward its 100 millionth passenger with one year of free travel before marking its fifth anniversary next year, reports said Tuesday (December 7).

The line linking Taipei City with the country’s main international gateway, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, was launched in March 2017 and was expected to welcome its 100 millionth passenger in mid-December, the Liberty Times reported.

In addition, foreigners from the age of 65 who hold an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) or an Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC) will be able to travel at half price for a single ride beginning next year. An estimated 13,000 people will benefit from the change, according to Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan.

The Airport MRT’s camera system was expected to identify the 100 millionth passenger between December 15 and December 18, officials said. The person in question would receive a special commemorative ticket allowing them to travel free for a year, while they could also take part in a drawing for an iPhone 13 if they boarded an airport MRT train with an electronic ticket within three days of the announcement that they had become the 100 millionth passenger.

In 2019, the Airport MRT system registered 130,000 travellers a day, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused a drop to fewer than 3,000 a day. Losses in 2020 totalled NT$738 million (US$26.58 million) and could be even higher this year, Cheng said. He added that the local governments in Taoyuan, New Taipei, and Taipei, as well as the Ministry of Transportation, would help the company weather difficult times.



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