A mid-sized commercial airport in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH) is the main airport for the Siaogang District and the third busiest airport in Taiwan. It is a common connection to other parts of Taiwan and major Asian cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Serving the southern part of Taiwan, Kaohsiung International is the main hub airport for a number of Asian airlines, including China Airlines, Eva Air, Far Eastern Air Transport, Mandarin Airlines, Tigerair Taiwan, TransAsia Airways, and Uni Air. Between KHH’s domestic and international terminals, over six million passengers touch the airport each year. The most common overseas destinations from Kaohsiung International are Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Macau, but domestic traffic to Makung and Kinmen is quite heavy.
The Kaohsiung metro connects directly to the airport terminal. The city centre is about a 15-minute ride away. There are also several taxis available, but it is worth noting that many drivers do not speak English.
Before China swept in at the end of World War II, Taiwan was under Japanese control. The Imperial Japanese Army started Kaohsiung airport as a military base. Use of the base transferred to the Chinese in 1945 and was commercialised in 1969. International flights were added a few years later, in 1972.