In order to develop tourism, industry resources, and support the “National Development Program—2008 Double the Tourism Numbers Program" by the Executive Yuan, re-construction and re-opening of the Hengchun Airport will bning new opportunities for sightseeing in the Southem-most point of Taiwan. This sightseeing-oriented airport has completed by early 2004.
Kenting National Park is the most famous tourist spot in Pingtung and also the most-frequently visited national park, with over 6 million visitors per year. The Ministry of the Interior plans to expand the tourist area to Hengchun Peninsula, making it a hub of sightseeing and recreation. Nowadays, with the improvement of living standards, the needs for travel and recreation have increased and the number of tourists to Hengchun area has also increased. Currently, visitors to Kenting have to take a 1.5 hour train ride or longer through Fang-liao to Kenting. If transferring from Hengchun Airport, which is only 10 minutes from the well-known Museum of Marine Biology ＆ Aquarium , it only takes 10 to 15 minutes by car, which cuts down on travel time. In addition, because it is located in the southern-most point in Taiwan, Pingtung is far from urban areas and lacks medical facilities. Through the expansion of air routes and improvement in airport facilities, the accessibility and connections between remote and urban areas can be improved and the need for emergency medical systems can be fulfilled. Opening the Hengchun airport will also ease the traffic along Ping-O Highway and fulfill the need for better transportation systems for emergency medical care. Providing tourism businesses and the people of Pingtung County with convenient transportation, also means facilitating local sightseeing development, easing traffic conditions and improving local living standards.
The Civil Aviation Administration of the Ministry of Communications has invested a total of NT$ 539 million to handle drainage, runway, aprons, road systems, parking lots, terminal towers, staff quarters, pipelines and miscellaneous projects, to built Hengchun Airport as a leisure and sightseeing function airport.
Hengchun Airport can provide more secure, convenient and comfortable high-quality air transport services to meet the needs of the public travel.