This article talks about the impact of high speed rail, set to start running Jan 2007, no matter how airlines cut corners and prices, they'll never be able to compete with HSR, most airlines already have shifted focus to international charter flights to neighboring states. Initially the networks will be reduced by 20%, once HSR is fully implemented and operational, airlines like FAT will cut the frequency by 50%.
I'm still impressed and intrigued by HSR, you can watch the test run here
McSteve From Netherlands, joined Jul 2005, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3672 times:
Looks great, hope that one day I will have the time and money to take that train, have read the archived topic very interesting. I'm very eager to see how the HSL from Amsterdam - Paris will develp in the coming three years.
Vincewy From Taiwan, joined Oct 2005, 767 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3395 times:
Another related update, TPE will be going through an overhaul, the south runway at TPE will be closed and repaired, the project will last until 2010. This means the capacity at TPE will be reduced (aircraft per hour) from 50 to 30 an hour.
Charter flights to Japan and South Korea will use TSA (current domestic airport for Taipei), where the air traffic is already declining, there will be another terminal (T2) handling international flights with immigrations and customs, as mentioned before, there's a talk of allowing certain MFM and HKG flights out of TSA, rather than TPE, given the imminent capacity constraints at TPE.
Another interesting note, when Japan built Shinkansen, all areas around the stations were barren, decades later, those areas become major commercial and cultural centers. Had Japan not built HSR, it was estimated that the country would need hundreds more 747 domestic flights daily between major cities (Osaka, Tokyo, Fukuoka, and Nagoya), talk about saving energies and environment.