Seoul, the capital of South Korea is a city with keen business interests. The city is hub to some of the world leaders in electronics and telecommunication. Various travelers fly to the city from different parts of the world. While some flock to the city for leisure, others fly for business. Two of its prominent international airports handle passenger traffic in the city. These airports include Seoul Gimpo Airport (GMP) and Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN). Let us talk about Incheon International Airport further in this article.
Brief insight into its history
Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in the country. It also serves as one of the busiest airports in the world. The airport caters to the large number of inbound and outbound traffic to and from the city. Post the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988, the traffic to the country multiplied manifolds. It became very hard for Gimpo International Airport to handle the mounting passenger traffic to the city. To ease the burden off the airport the construction of Incheon International Airport started in November 1992. The airport was officially inaugurated in March 2001 and has since been taking care of the major portion of international flights flying in and out of the capital city.
Serves as the hub for many airlines
The airport is modern and consists of the best of amenities and services. Considering its potential, various airlines now use it as their operating base. Some of the airlines for which, it serves as a hub include Asiana Airlines, Polar Air Cargo, Eastar Jet, Korean Air, Jin Air, and Jeju Air.
The airport’s main passenger terminal consists of a whooping 594,000 square meters of space. This terminal is the largest airport terminal in the whole country. This terminal was designed by Curtis W. Fentress. This terminal is 3,480 feet in length, 489 feet in width, and 108 feet in height. There are 44 boarding ports and interestingly all of these are equipped to accommodate the super jumbo Airbus A380 aircrafts. Besides, it contains 252 check-in counters.
At present, over 90 airlines use its base to operate flights to different parts of the world. Of the many airlines, some names include Aeroflot, Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Finnair, Delta Air Lines, KLM, Turkish Airlines, and Singapore Airlines.
Besides, offering a base for departures and arrivals, the airport consists of various duty free shops, food courts, restaurants, currency exchange and travel insurance counters, and gift shops. Travelers can enjoy their time shopping, and eating at the many stores located within its premises.