|The grand opening of the second passenger terminal at Incheon International Airport is scheduled for January 18, 2018, just in time for international visitors coming to watch the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Incheon International Airport Corporation announced that the date was set to allow the airport staff to become accustomed to operations and facilitate the arrival of the athletes who will participate in the sporting events. Terminal 2 will have all the amenities that are available in Terminal 1, including check-in, customs and immigration, boarding gates, and more. In addition, Terminal 2 has an all-inclusive transportation center, with trains running to Seoul, buses traveling to other regions, and short-term parking for travelers being picked up.
The new terminal is also equipped with the latest in smart technology, including an information robot, and an arrivals and departures flight information display system (FIDS). The Incheon International Airport Corporation has also taken all steps to insure the highest level of security for the safety of all travelers. Additionally, the second passenger terminal is designed to provide travelers with unique experiences, including sleeping boxes, sports facilities, and gaming areas for transit passengers, an observatory to take in the coming and going of planes, the vast open space of the Great Hall, extending from B1 to the third floor, a media wall, and a grand landscaped area outside the terminal.
Subway to Incheon Terminal 2
The existing tracks were extended by 5.8 km to serve the new terminal. The total journey between Seoul Station and Terminal 2 will take 66 minutes and cost W4,750 (US$1=W1,070).
An express service that only stops at Terminals 1 and 2 and Seoul Station will take 51 minutes and cost W9,000.
Trains from Terminal 2 run at 12-minute intervals from 5:23 a.m. until 11:50 p.m.
Terminal 2 houses Korean Air and its partners Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM.
Express Subway to Link Gangnam to Incheon Airport
An express subway will finally link Gangnam, Yeouido and Incheon International Airport when it is completed in two or three years. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport will meet with KORAIL Airport Railroad and Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation on Thursday and start talks to get the project going.
The National Assembly has already authorized a budget of W300 million (US$1=W1,108) for feasibility studies for the project, which will link the airport and No. 9 lines.
Once the two lines are connected they will form a continuous 61-km railway, stretching even further once Subway Line No. 9 is extended to Jamsil early next year.
That will save residents in the Gangnam and Yeoyido areas having to switch to the airport railroad at Gimpo Airport. The trip from Gangnam to Incheon will take about one hour and from Yeouido 45 minutes.
Lee Hag-jae of the National Assembly’s budget committee said, “A study conducted in 2004 and 2005 by the Korea Transport Institute showed sufficient demand” for the express line. He added that the project will boost efficiency for a relatively small amount of money.
A KTX line to Incheon airport has racked up 300,000 users in the five months since it opened, or 2,100 users a day. The government had originally anticipated only 1,426 passengers a day.