We often get this question from people: I want to go to Taiwan, but how do I get there? As Taiwan is an island, the most convenient way to get to Taiwan is by plane. Most international flights arrive and depart from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE, in Taoyuan, but usually labeled as Taipei by airlines). Currently there are 5 other airports operating regular international flights in Taiwan, most to destinations in Asia: Taipei International Airport (TSA, in downtown Taipei, also known as Songshan Airport), Taichung Airport (RMQ), Tainan Airport (TNN), Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH), and Hualien Airport (HUN).
The largest and busiest of all airports in Taiwan is the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Formerly known as the Chiang Kai-shek International Airport 中正國際機場 or CKS International Airport, Taoyuan Airport is one of two airports that serve the capital, Taipei, and the rest of northern Taiwan. Before its opening in 1979, all international flights to Taipei were handled by the Taipei Songshan Airport. However, as TSA became overcrowded and could not be expanded due to limited space in its location near downtown Taipei, a new airport — Taoyuan International Airport — was planned and built and now serves as the main international gateway of Taiwan. If you are flying to Taiwan, and you buy your plane ticket to fly to Taipei (TPE), your plane will arrive at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, 40 km away from downtown Taipei City. Currently TSA only serves international destinations to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Japan, and South Korea. Taoyuan International Airport is the main international hub for China Airlines 中華航空, member of SkyTeam, and EVA Airways 長榮航空, member of Star Alliance.
Note: China Airlines 中華航空 is Taiwan’s flag carrier, and should NOT be confused with Air China 中國國際航空, PRC’s flag carrier.
Taiwan‘s international air carriers include:
Mandarin Airlines is a subsidiary of China Airlines. Tigerair Taiwan, is a joint venue between China Airlines and Tigerair. UNI Airways is a subsidiary of EVA Airways.
Below we list the air carriers that operate direct (unless noted with via [insert city]) scheduled or *seasonal flights to Taiwan from different countries and territories:
From Mainland China (PRC) (most major cities):
Air China, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, EVA Airways, Far Eastern Air Transport, Hainan Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, Shangdong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Spring Airlines, UNI Airways, Xiamen Airlines
From Japan (Asahikawa, Fukuoka, Hakodate, Hiroshima, Ishigaki, Kagoshima, Komatsu, Kumamoto, Kushiro, Miyazaki, Nagoya, Naha, Niigata, Obihiro, Osaka-Kansai, Sapporo, Sendai, Shizuoka, Takamatsu, Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita, Toyama):
All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Delta Air Lines, EVA Airways, Japan Airlines, JetStar Asia Airways, Mandarin Airlines, Peach Aviation, Scoot, Tigerair Taiwan, Vanilla Air
From South Korea (Busan, Cheongju, Daegu, Jeju, Seoul-Incheon, Seoul-Gimpo):
Air Busan, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, EastarJet, EVA Airways, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air, Mandarin Airlines, Scoot, T’way Airlines, Thai Airways International, Tigerair Taiwan
From the Philippines (Boracay-Kalibo, Cebu, Clark, Manila):
AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, Far Eastern Air Transport, Mandarin Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Spirit of Manila Airlines, Zest Airways
From New Zealand (Auckland, Christcurch*):
China Airlines (via Brisbane or Sydney)
From India (Delhi):
Middle East & Eurasia
From Turkey (Istanbul):
From the United Arab Emirates (Dubai):
From France (Paris-Charles de Gaulle):
From Germany (Frankfurt):
From the United States (Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma):
China Airlines, Delta Air Lines (via Tokyo-Narita), EVA Airways, United Airlines (San Francisco). (Note: Delta Air Lines has extensive networks serving the United States to and from Tokyo-Narita, those cities are not listed here.)
Ilha Formosa – Taiwan will touch your heart!!