The Info List - Incheon International Airport

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International Airport (IIA) (IATA: ICN, ICAO: RKSI) (sometimes referred to as Seoul– Incheon
International Airport) is the largest airport in South Korea, the primary airport serving the Seoul
Capital Area, and one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. Since 2005, it has been rated the best airport worldwide by Airports Council International every year.[2] It is also rated as the world's cleanest airport and the world's best international transit airport by Skytrax.[3] The airport has a golf course, spa, private sleeping rooms, an ice skating rink, a casino, indoor gardens, and a Museum of Korean Culture. Airport authorities claim that average departure and arrival takes 19 minutes and 12 minutes, respectively, as compared to worldwide average of 60 minutes and 45 minutes, respectively, ranking it among of the fastest airports in the world for customs processing.[4] Its duty-free shopping mall has been rated the world's best for three years in a row in 2013 by Business Traveller.[5] Incheon
International Airport also claims that it has only a 0.0001% baggage mishandling rate.[6] The airport opened for business on March 29, 2001 to replace the older Gimpo International Airport, which now serves mostly domestic destinations and shuttle flights to several East Asian metropolitan areas including Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei. Incheon
International Airport is located west of Incheon's city center, on an artificially created piece of land between Yeongjong
and Yongyu Islands. The two islands were originally separated by shallow sea. That area between the two islands was reclaimed for the construction project, effectively connecting the once separate Yeongjong
and Yongyu islands. The reclaimed area as well as the two islands are all part of Jung-gu, an administrative district of Incheon. The airport holds a record of being ranked the Best Airport Worldwide for 11 consecutive years by the Airports Council International
Airports Council International
(ACI)'s Airport Service Quality Award from 2005 to 2016, and has also been rated the world's best among airports of its size (25–40 million passengers) and region (Asia-Pacific) since 2012 due to the institution's decision to discontinue the Best Airport Worldwide category.[citation needed] Seoul
International Airport's terminal has 111 boarding gates altogether, with 44 in terminal 1, 30 in Concourse A (connected to terminal 1), and 37 in terminal 2. The Airport was constructed to share the demand for air transport in the 21st century and to serve as a hub airport in Northeast Asia.[7]

Inside the Incheon


1 History 2 Statistics 3 Construction phases

3.1 Phase 1 3.2 Phase 2 3.3 Phase 3 3.4 Phase 4

4 Terminals

4.1 Terminal 1 4.2 Concourse 4.3 Terminal 2

5 Airlines and destinations

5.1 Passenger 5.2 Cargo

6 Traffic and statistics

6.1 Top destinations 6.2 Annual traffic 6.3 Top carriers

7 Accolades 8 Accidents and incidents 9 Ground transport

9.1 Public transport

9.1.1 Bus 9.1.2 Rail 9.1.3 Ferry

9.2 Car

10 See also 11 References 12 External links


Location of Incheon
International Airport on reclaimed land joining Yeongjong
and Yongyu Islands

After the Seoul
Olympics of 1988, international air traffic to Korea increased. In the 1990s, it became apparent that Gimpo International Airport could not cope with the increase in air traffic. To reduce the load on Gimpo International Airport, the government decided to build a new airport. The new airport was originally planned to be located in Cheongju, 124 km from Seoul, but due to its distance, it was opposed by Seoul
and Gyeonggi citizens.[citation needed] Hwaseong was the other choice, but it was also rejected due to similar reasons. Finally the area chosen was Incheon.[when?] In November 1992, the construction of the Incheon
airport began on reclaimed land between Yeongjong
Island and Youngyu Island, and took eight years to finish, with an additional six months for testing. Completion was initially scheduled for 1997 but delayed due to the economic crisis.[citation needed] Finally, the airport was officially opened on March 29, 2001. On 15 November 2006, the Airbus A380
Airbus A380
landed at the airport as part of the first leg of its certification trip.[citation needed] Tests on the runways, taxiways, and ramps showed that the airport could handle the aircraft. To further upgrade service, Incheon
and major Korean logistics firm Hanjin
Corporation (parent company of Korean Air) agreed on January 10, 2008 to build Yeongjong
Medical Centre, which was completed in 2012. This hospital is currently serving nearby residents and some of the 30,000 medical tourists who come to Korea annually.[8] Statistics[edit] Located 48 km (30 mi) west of Seoul, the capital and the largest city of South Korea, Incheon
International Airport is the main hub for Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, and Polar Air Cargo. The airport serves as a hub for international civilian air transportation and cargo traffic in East Asia. In 2016, the Incheon International Airport was the fifth busiest airport in the world and third in Asia by cargo traffic, and 19th in the world and eighth in Asia by passenger traffic. In 2016, the airport served a total of 57,849,814 passengers. The airport opened for business in early 2001 to replace the older Gimpo International Airport, which now serves mostly domestic destinations plus shuttle flights to alternate airports in China, Japan, and Taiwan.

Airport from the air, 2003

Construction phases[edit]

New satellite building under construction

The airport was originally planned to be built in three phases, incrementally increasing airport capacity as the demand grew. This was changed, however, to four phases after the airport was opened. Phase 1[edit]

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In Phase 1, the airport had a capacity of 30 million passengers annually, and a cargo capacity of 1.7 million metric tonnes annually. In this phase, a passenger terminal with a floor space of 496,000 square metres (5,340,000 sq ft), two parallel runways, a control tower, an administrative building, a transportation centre (the Integrated Transportation Centre, designed by Terry Farrell and Partners and Samoo Architects & Engineers), and integrated operations centre, three cargo terminals, international business centre, and a government office building were constructed. Phase 2[edit] Phase 2 construction began in 2002, and was originally expected to be completed in December 2008. However, in an attempt to have the airport ready for the 2008 Beijing
Olympics, which took place in August 2008, the schedule was modified, and Phase 2 construction was completed on 20 June 2008. During this construction phase, a third parallel 4,000-metre-long (13,000 ft) runway and a 13-hectare cargo terminal area were added. A 16.5-hectare concourse connected to the main passenger building via two parallel 870-metre-long (2,850 ft) underground passageways was added, with a Mitsubishi Crystal Mover shuttle train APM shuttling passengers between the concourse and the main terminal.[9] Many long-distance foreign carriers were moved to the new concourse, with Korean Air
Korean Air
and Asiana Airlines
Asiana Airlines
continuing to use the existing terminal. Phase 3[edit] Invested ₩4 trillion until 2017 to expand Incheon
International Airport. The South Korean government added a second passenger terminal in the northern field of the airport and expand its existing cargo terminal and other infrastructure. The terminals are connected to each other by the underground "Starline" train. Also, a Landside Connecting system (Bus shuttle) is used for airport employees and departing passengers who don't come to the right terminal. After completion, Incheon
International Airport is able to handle 62 million passengers and 5.8 million tons of cargo a year, up from the previous capacity of 44 million passengers and 4.5 million tons. Construction began in 2011 and was completed in 2017. The terminal opened on January 18th 2018. Incheon's expansion also include adding more aprons to park planes and extending a railway line to the city center of Seoul
about 70 kilometres (43 mi) away from the airport. The airport also signed an agreement to build a resort called "Inspire" which includes 6-star hotels, theme parks, and a casino.[10] Phase 4[edit]

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Estimated to be completed in 2020, this is the final and the ultimate construction stage. Upon completion, the airport will have two passenger terminals, four satellite concourses, 128 gates, and five parallel runways (one exclusively for cargo flights). It will be able to handle 100 million passengers and 7 million metric tonnes of cargo annually, with further possible expansions. The airport is projected to be transformed into one of the ten busiest airports in the world by 2020. Terminals[edit]

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Airport layout

Terminal 1[edit] Terminal 1 (measuring 594,000 square meters) is the largest airport terminal in area in South Korea. Terminal 1 was designed by Curtis W. Fentress, FAIA, RIBA of Fentress Architects. It is 1,060 metres (3,480 ft) long, 149 metres (489 ft) wide, and 33 metres (108 ft) high. Its construction cost was 1.3816 trillion South Korean Won.[citation needed] The terminal has 44 boarding ports (all of which can accommodate the Airbus A380), 50 customs inspection ports, 2 biological quarantine counters, 6 stationary and 14 portable passenger quarantine counters, 120 arrival passport inspection counters, 8 arrival security ports, 28 departure security ports, 252 check in counters, and 120 departure passport inspection counters. In 2015, an automatic check-in counter lane was introduced, where people traveling via Korean Air, Asiana Airlines
Asiana Airlines
and China
Southern Airlines can use. Instead of having airport staff at the counter, there is a machine where travelers input their flight information, scan their passports, receive their flight tickets and lastly, load the luggage onto the conveyor. This system was planned to be introduced in Terminal 2, but in May 2015 Incheon
Airport used one of the counter islands for the unmanned luggage handling system.[11] Concourse[edit] The passenger concourse was completed at the end of May 2008. It is connected to Terminal 1 by two parallel 870-metre-long (2,850 ft) underground passageways equipped with IATs (Intra Airport Transit). It has 30 gates and six lounges[citation needed] (Asiana Airlines/Star Alliance, Singapore Airlines/Star Alliance, Cathay Pacific/Oneworld, Japan
Airlines/Oneworld, Korean Air/SkyTeam, and China
Eastern Airlines/SkyTeam). Terminal 2[edit] A new passenger terminal opened on January 18, 2018. Korean Air, KLM, Delta Air Lines, and Air France
Air France
are relocated from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2. Other SkyTeam
members such as China
Eastern Airlines will be served in Terminal 2 later on.[12] Airlines and destinations[edit] Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations

Aeroflot Khabarovsk, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Vladivostok, Yuzhno–Sakhalinsk

Aeroméxico Mexico City

AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur–International

Air Astana Almaty, Astana

Air Canada Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver

Air China Beijing–Capital, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dandong, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Wenzhou, Yanji

Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle

Air India Delhi, Hong Kong, Mumbai

Air Macau Macau

Air Seoul Guam, Hiroshima, Hong Kong, Kalibo, Kota Kinabalu, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Osaka–Kansai, Shizuoka, Siem Reap, Takamatsu, Tokyo–Narita, Toyama, Ube, Yonago

Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino

American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth

Asiana Airlines Almaty, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona (begins 30 August 2018),[13] Beijing–Capital, Busan, Cebu, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chicago–O'Hare, Chongqing, Clark, Da Nang, Dalian, Delhi, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Harbin, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Istanbul–Atatürk, Jakarta–Soekarno Hatta, Khabarovsk, Koror, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Manila, Miyazaki, Nagoya–Centrair, Naha, Nanjing, New York–JFK, Osaka–Kansai, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Qingdao, Rome–Fiumicino, Saipan, San Francisco, Sapporo–Chitose, Seattle/Tacoma, Sendai, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenzhen, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tashkent, Tianjin, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita, Venice (resumes May 1, 2018),[13] Weihai, Xi'an, Yancheng, Yanji, Yantai, Yuzhno–Sakhalinsk Seasonal: Asahikawa, Huangshan, Nha Trang, Oslo-Gardermoen (begins 10 July 2018) Seasonal charter: Hailar, Lanzhou, Phu Quoc, Qiqihar

British Airways London–Heathrow

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong, Taipei–Taoyuan

Cebu Pacific Cebu, Kalibo, Manila

Airlines Kaohsiung, Taipei–Taoyuan

Eastern Airlines Changsha, Jinan,[14] Kunming, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai–Pudong, Weihai, Xi'an, Yancheng, Yantai

Southern Airlines Beijing–Capital, Changsha, Changchun, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Harbin, Mudanjiang, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Yanji, Zhengzhou Seasonal: Nanning, Urumqi

Czech Airlines Prague

Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle/Tacoma

Eastar Jet Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Da Nang, Fukuoka, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Kagoshima, Kota Kinabalu, Miyazaki, Okinawa, Osaka–Kansai, Saipan, Sapporo–Chitose, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita

Emirates Dubai–International

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Hong Kong (ends 31 May 2018), Tokyo–Narita (begins 2 June 2018)[15]

Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi

EVA Air Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taipei–Taoyuan

Finnair Helsinki

Garuda Indonesia Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta

Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu

Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong

HK Express Hong Kong

JC International Airlines Siem Reap

Jeju Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Cebu, Chiang Mai,[16] Da Nang, Fukuoka, Guam, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jiamusi, Kagoshima,[17] Kaohsiung, Kota Kinabalu, Macau, Manila, Matsuyama, Nagoya–Centrair, Naha, Osaka–Kansai, Qingdao, Saipan, Sanya, Sapporo–Chitose, Shijiazhuang, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita, Vientiane, Vladivostok, Weihai, Yantai[18]

Jetstar Pacific Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Jin Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Cebu, Clark, Da Nang, Fukuoka, Guam, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Kitakyushu, Kota Kinabalu, Macau, Okinawa–Naha, Osaka–Kansai, Saipan, Sapporo–Chitose, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita, Vientiane Seasonal: Cairns, Johor Bahru[19]

KLM Amsterdam

Korean Air Amsterdam, Aomori, Atlanta, Auckland, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Beijing–Capital, Brisbane, Busan, Cebu, Changsha, Chiang Mai, Chicago–O'Hare, Colombo, Da Nang, Daegu, Dalian, Dallas/Fort Worth, Delhi, Denpasar/Bali, Dubai–International, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guam, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Hanoi, Hefei, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Huangshan, Istanbul–Atatürk, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Jinan, Kagoshima, Kathmandu, Komatsu, Koror, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kunming, Las Vegas, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Malé, Manila, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Mumbai, Nadi, Nagoya–Centrair, Naha, Nanning, New York–JFK, Nha Trang, Niigata, Okayama, Osaka–Kansai, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Prague, Qingdao, Rome–Fiumicino, San Francisco, Sapporo–Chitose, Seattle/Tacoma, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tashkent, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tianjin, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Ulaanbaatar, Vancouver, Vienna, Vladivostok, Washington–Dulles, Weihai, Wuhan, Xi'an, Xiamen, Yangon, Yanji, Zhengzhou, Zürich Charter: Mataram–Lombok[20] Seasonal: Akita, Saint Petersburg, Irkutsk Seasonal charter: Marseille[21]

Lao Airlines Vientiane

Lion Air Charter: Batam[22]

LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin

Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich

Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International

Mandarin Airlines Taichung

MIAT Mongolian Airlines Ulaanbaatar

Myanmar Airways International Yangon

Pan Pacific Airlines Cebu,[23] Kalibo

Peach Okinawa–Naha, Osaka–Kansai, Tokyo–Haneda

Philippine Airlines Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Manila, Tagbilaran Seasonal: Bacolod

Philippines AirAsia Cebu, Kalibo, Manila

Qatar Airways Doha

Royal Brunei Airlines Bandar Seri Begawan[24]

S7 Airlines Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok

Scoot Singapore, Taipei–Taoyuan

Shandong Airlines Jinan, Qingdao, Yantai

Shenzhen Airlines Shenzhen

Sichuan Airlines Chengdu

Singapore Airlines Los Angeles, Singapore

Sky Angkor Airlines Siem Reap, Sihanoukville

Spring Airlines Shanghai–Pudong, Shijiazhuang

Thai AirAsia X Bangkok–Don Mueang

Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Hong Kong, Taipei–Taoyuan

Tianjin Airlines Tianjin

Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk

T'way Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Da Nang, Fukuoka, Guam, Haikou, Ho Chi Minh City, Jinan, Kaohsiung, Kumamoto, Macau, Okinawa-Naha, Oita, Qingdao, Osaka–Kansai, Saga, Saipan, Sapporo–Chitose, Taichung, Tokyo–Narita, Vientiane, Weihai (begins 6 April 2018)[25]

Uni Air Taipei–Taoyuan

United Airlines San Francisco

Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent

VietJet Air Da Nang, Hai Phong, Nha Trang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam Airlines Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang[26]

XiamenAir Xiamen

Yakutia Airlines Seasonal: Blagoveshchensk, Ulan–Ude, Yakutsk


Airlines Destinations

Air China
Cargo Beijing–Capital, Shanghai–Pudong

Air France
Air France
Cargo Paris–Charles de Gaulle

Air Incheon Jinan, Qingdao, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita, Ulaanbaatar, Yantai, Yuzhno–Sakhalinsk

AirBridgeCargo Moscow–Domodedovo, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg

ANA Cargo Okinawa—Naha, Osaka–Kansai, Tokyo–Narita

Asiana Cargo Anchorage, Atlanta, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Brussels, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, London–Stansted, Los Angeles, Manila, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Domodedovo, Mumbai, Nagoya–Centrair, New York–JFK, Osaka–Kansai, Saint Petersburg, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, Shanghai–Pudong, Singapore, Tianjin, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita, Vienna, Yantai

Cargolux Luxembourg City

Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific
Cargo Hong Kong, Osaka–Kansai

Centurion Air Cargo Miami

Cargo Airlines Shanghai–Pudong

Postal Airlines Beijing–Capital, Xi'an, Yantai

DHL Aviation Anchorage, Cincinnati, Hong Kong, Leipzig/Halle, Los Angeles,[27] Singapore

Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum, Osaka–Kansai

Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi

FedEx Express Anchorage, Beijing–Capital, Guangzhou, Los Angeles, Memphis, Shanghai–Pudong

Hong Kong Airlines
Hong Kong Airlines
Cargo Hong Kong

Korean Air
Korean Air
Cargo Amsterdam, Atlanta, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Basel/Mulhouse, Beijing–Capital, Bogotá, Boston, Brussels, Campinas, Chicago–O'Hare, Chennai, Cheongju, Copenhagen, Dallas/Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Guadalajara, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Istanbul–Atatürk, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Kuala Lumpur–International, Lima, London–Heathrow, London–Stansted, Los Angeles, Manila, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Mumbai, Navoi, New York–JFK, Osaka–Kansai, Oslo–Gardermoen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Penang, Qingdao, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, Shanghai–Pudong, Singapore, Stockholm–Arlanda, Sydney, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver, Vienna, Xiamen, Zaragoza

Cargo Frankfurt, Krasnoyarsk

Nippon Cargo Airlines Osaka–Kansai, Shanghai–Pudong, Tokyo–Narita

Okay Airways
Okay Airways
Cargo Tianjin

Polet Airlines Voronezh

Qantas Freight Chicago–O'Hare, Sydney

Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways
Cargo Doha

SF Airlines Zhengzhou

Silk Way Airlines Baku

Sky Lease Cargo Miami

Suparna Airlines Hangzhou, Qingdao, Shanghai–Pudong

Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Cargo Almaty, Bishkek, Istanbul–Atatürk, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tashkent [28]

UPS Airlines Almaty, Anchorage, Hong Kong, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Taipei–Taoyuan, Zhengzhou

Uzbekistan Airlines
Uzbekistan Airlines
Cargo Tehran–Imam Khomeini

Volga-Dnepr Airlines Krasnoyarsk

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Korean Air
Korean Air
planes awaiting departure

Korean Air
Korean Air
A330 taxiing out at Incheon

In 2016, the airport was the world's fifth busiest airport by cargo traffic and third in Asia, and the world's 19th busiest airport by passenger traffic and eighth in Asia. In 2016, the airport served a total of 57,849,814 passengers. Top destinations[edit]

Busiest international routes (2015)

Rank Airport Passengers Operating Airlines

1 Hong Kong 3,073,664 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Air India, Cathay Pacific, Ethiopian Airlines, HK Express, Thai Airways

2 Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 2,091,049 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, T'way Airlines, Thai Airways

3 Osaka–Kansai 1,834,724 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, T'way Airlines, Peach

4 Shanghai–Pudong 1,826,338 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, China
Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines

5 Tokyo–Narita 1,679,920 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, T'way Airlines, Japan
Airlines, United Airlines

6 Manila 1,405,743 Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Jeju Air, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, Philippines AirAsia

7 Taipei–Taoyuan 1,372,985 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Cathay Pacific, China
Airlines, EVA Air, Mandarin Airlines, Scoot, Thai Airways, Uni Air

8 Qingdao 1,357,597 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, T'way Airlines, Air China, China
Eastern Airlines, Shandong Airlines

9 Fukuoka 1,317,312 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, T'way Airlines

10 Singapore 1,238,581 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Scoot, Singapore Airlines

11 Beijing–Capital 1,116,852 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Air China, China
Southern Airlines

12 Hanoi 1,063,603 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Jin Air, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines

13 Los Angeles 1,054,387 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines

14 Cebu 893,049 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Philippines AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines

15 Ho Chi Minh City 840,760 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, T'way Airlines, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines

16 Guam 757,653 Korean Air, Jeju Air, Jin Air, T'way Airlines

17 New York–JFK 680,468 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines

18 Guangzhou 651,301 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, China
Southern Airlines

19 Kuala Lumpur 649,984 Korean Air, AirAsia X, Malaysia Airlines

20 San Francisco 646,652 Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines

Source: Korea Airpotal

The top seven domestic destinations are shown below:

Busiest domestic routes (2015)

Rank Airport Passengers

1 Busan 353,268

2 Daegu 119,099

3 Jeju 88,371

Source: KAC Airport statics

Annual traffic[edit]

Years Passengers Aircraft Operations


2001 14,542,290 86,807 1,186,015

2002 20,924,171 126,094 1,705,928

2003 19,789,874 130,185 1,843,055

2004 24,084,072 149,776 2,133,444

2005 26,051,466 160,843 2,150,139

2006 28,191,116 182,007 2,336,571

2007 31,227,897 211,404 2,555,580

2008 29,973,522 211,102 2,423,717

2009 28,549,770 198,918 2,313,002

2010 33,478,925 214,835 2,684,499

2011 35,062,366 229,580 2,539,222

2012 38,970,864 254,037 2,456,724

2013 41,482,828 271,224 2,464,385

2014 45,512,099 290,043 2,557,681

2015 49,281,220 305,446 2,595,677

2016 57,765,397 339,673 2,714,341

2017 62,082,032 360,295 2,921,691

Source: IIAC Airport Statistics[1]

Top carriers[edit] In 2015, the twelve carriers with the largest percentage of passengers flying into, out of, or through Incheon
are as follows:

Top Carriers (2015)[29]

Rank Carrier Domestic Passengers International Passengers Total %

1 Korean Air 471,664 14,990,026 15,461,690 31.37%

2 Asiana Airlines 79,016 11,363,072 11,442,088 23.22%

3 Jeju Air 1,761 2,170,003 2,171,764 4.41%

4 Jin Air 2,502 1,787,196 1,789,698 3.63%

5 China
Southern Airlines - 1,590,590 1,590,590 3.23%

6 China
Eastern Airlines - 1,501,667 1,501,667 3.05%

7 Cathay Pacific - 1,038,164 1,038,164 2.11%

8 Air China - 1,024,053 1,024,053 2.08%

9 Thai Airways
Thai Airways
International - 851,225 851,225 1.73%

10 Eastar Jet 3,130 833,571 836,701 1.70%

11 T'way Air 1,540 782,022 783,562 1.59%

12 Philippine Airlines - 669,116 669,116 1.36%

Accolades[edit] Incheon
International airport has been the recipient of a number of awards since its opening, including:

Best Airport Worldwide at the first Airport Service Quality Awards in 2007.[30] Won the GT Tested Award for Best Airport in the World in January 2007.[31] Named by Global Traveler (GT) as the Best Airport in the World for the second straight year in January 2008.[8] Named World's Best Airport for 2009, in the World Airport Survey results published by Skytrax.[citation needed] In 2012 it was ranked the best airport in the world by Skytrax.[32]

Year Award Category Results Ref

2009 Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International Best Airport Worldwide Won [33]

Best Airport in Asia-Pacific Won

Best Airport by Size (25–40 million passengers) Won

2010 Best Airport Worldwide Won [34]

2011 Won [35]

Accidents and incidents[edit] On 16 June 2011, Airbus A321-200 Flight 324 operated by Asiana Airlines HL7763 between Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, China and Incheon
International Airport was fired upon by two soldiers of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps
Republic of Korea Marine Corps
as it came in to land at Incheon. A total of 99 rounds were discharged at the aircraft, which was out of range and made a safe landing without sustaining any damage. The soldiers had misidentified the aircraft as belonging to the North Korean military, and were acting on orders that gave them permission to engage without reference to senior officers, following the Bombardment of Yeonpyeong
Bombardment of Yeonpyeong
in November 2010.[36] Ground transport[edit]

A limousine bus at Incheon
Airport bound for Jamsil Subway Station in Seoul

Public transport[edit] Bus[edit] Airport buses are called limousine buses. Standard limousine buses travel to Gimpo Airport & Songjeong Station. Intercity buses connect with other towns and cities in Korea. The Korea City Air Terminal
Korea City Air Terminal
in Gangnam is linked with the airport through limousine buses.[37]

2000 series EMU with commuter train service

Rail[edit] The Incheon
International Airport Railroad airport express (or AREX, and styled as A'REX) station is located in the Transport Centre, adjacent to the main terminal building. It provides service to Gimpo International Airport and Seoul. Many of the stations along the AREX line provide connections to the Incheon
Subway and Seoul
Metropolitan Subway. Seoul
station city airport has check-in and immigration facilities before arrival at the airport. The Korea Train eXpress (KTX) operates at the same station as AREX. However, it uses a different platform. It operates 20 times per day from Incheon
airport. It operates twelve times on the Gyeonbu line, twice on the Gyeonjeon line, four times on the Honam line, and twice on the Jeolla line. The Incheon
Airport Maglev opened in February 2016. The first phase is 6.1 km long, spread over six stations, taking riders from the airport toward the south-west of the island where a water park is located. Phase 2 will be 9.7 km long, extending the line to the north-west of the island. Phase 3 will add 37.4 km, transforming the line into a circle.[citation needed]

Airport KTX terminal

Ferry[edit] A ferry service connects Yeongjong-do to the mainland. However, the dock is located a considerable distance from the airport. An alternative means of transport must be sought upon arriving at the island to be able to get to the airport.[38] Car[edit] The airport provides a short term parking lot for 4,000 cars and a long-term parking lot for 6,000 cars. Shuttle services connect the long term parking lot to the passenger terminal and the cargo terminal. Car rental is located near the long-term parking lot. A link to the mainland is provided by the toll Yeongjong
Bridge and an expressway. A second expressway on the Incheon
Bridge connects the island with central Incheon. See also[edit]

Korea portal Aviation portal

Transportation in South Korea List of Korea-related topics List of airports in South Korea Busiest airports in South Korea
South Korea
by passenger traffic


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