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Old January 31st, 2011, 11:55 AM   #1
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PUS | Busan New International Airport ‎

I didn't see any other thread on this...so here goes.
The city of Busan is planning to build a new international airport to decongest the only airport currently serving the city, i.e. Gimhae and bank on the influx of japanese.

The airport is due to be located around the island of Gadeok and the city of Miryang. But there is a lot of protests by the locals.

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Old February 4th, 2011, 06:07 AM   #2
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more pics???? please
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Old February 21st, 2011, 04:07 PM   #3
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Well, I drove by Busan the other day and I managed to take those few shots :

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Old February 21st, 2011, 04:11 PM   #4
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Old March 30th, 2011, 08:43 AM   #5
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03-29-2011 19:02
New airport project a ticking time bomb

Heads of local governments in Gyeongsang region see off members of a government panel in Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province, Tuesday, after the panel reviewed the area as a potential site for a new airport. They are, from left, North Gyeongsang Province Governor Kim Kwan-yong, Daegu Mayor Kim Bum-il, and South Gyeongsang Province Governor Kim Du-kwan. / Yonhap

Government announces decision today

By Kim Rahn

The entire Gyeongsang Province is seething as the central government is apparently withdrawing its pledge to build a new international airport in the southeastern region.

Residents and politicians based on the province are denouncing President Lee Myung-bak for failing to keep his campaign pledge. Instead of building a new airport, the government is leaning toward expanding the existing Gimhae International Airport.

The government will announce its final decision today. However, no matter what, extreme repercussions are unavoidable.

About 30 members of a special panel comprised of civilian experts and policymakers visited the two candidate sites Tuesday — Miryang in South Gyeongsang Province and Gadeok Island near Busan — for a final review before announcing their decision today.

Building a new international airport in the southeastern part of the country was initially considered by the late former President Roh Moo-hyun administration.

Whether a new airport is needed in the region was controversial, but President Lee confirmed the plan as one of his campaign pledges, saying it is necessary to boost the economy of the region, a home to some 13 million people.

Among the 35 initial candidates, Miryang and Gadeok Island advanced to the finals. Residents in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province support Miryang, while those in Busan and South Gyeongsang Province back Gadeok.

With the government’s review proceeding, competition between the two sites has become fierce. Civic groups, politicians and business people of Gyeongsang region raised their voices according to their own interests, disparaging each other.

Strong protest brewing

But since early this year, government sources have said that commercial viability will be the primary factor in the decision and at the same time, they have said that both the sites are economically inefficient considering the trillions of won to be spent in building a new airport.

Construction of the airport in Miryang will require cutting into mountains to make way for runways and airport terminals. Building it on the reclaimed land of Gadeok also draws concern over marine ecosystem destruction.

The panel evaluated three factors — airport management, economic efficiency, and environment — and both the two sites may fail if scoring less than 50. An earlier study released in December 2009 showed that both sites would gain few benefits compared to such high costs.

Backing the concerns, ruling camp sources said only days before the final announcement that the government may abandon both Miryang and Gadeok.

They also said that the government may instead expand the aircraft and passenger handling capacity at Gimhae airport located outside of Busan.

Such forecast is drawing a vehement backlash from people from both regions. Members of a civic alliance backing Miryang went on a hunger strike in front of the National Assembly in Seoul Tuesday.

“If the government really scraps the plan, it means a communication breakdown with the local people. It will face a strong protest,” a leader of the group said.

South Gyeongsang Province Governor Kim Du-kwan said, “If the Lee administration abandons the project, it will break its promise with the people and lose public trust.”

Busan supporters oppose not only the prospective abandonment of a new airport, but also the expansion of Gimhae airport.

“The idea to build a new airport originated from the fact that 24-hour operation is impossible at Gimhae airport due to noise damage to nearby residents and air traffic in the region will surpass the airport’s capacity soon. Civil airlines also have to share the airport with the Air Force. Earlier research already showed expanding Gimhae is not a solution,” a Busan city official said.

Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice said in a statement that whatever the conclusion, it is likely to cause a huge stir. “The project has caused terrible disputes between regions. We urge President Lee to make a public apology for recklessly making such an irresponsible pledge.”

Source : http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news...117_84097.html

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Old March 31st, 2011, 10:09 AM   #6
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Park Geun-hye, a front-runner for next year's presidential race and former head of the ruling party, said Thursday that a new international airport should be constructed in the nation's southeast region as planned, directly defying the Lee Myung-bak government's decision to scrap the project.

"It's unfortunate that the government broke its promise with the people," Park told reporters during her visit to Daegu, a major city in the southeast called "Yeongnam."

"I'm convinced that the new airport is needed for the southeastern region even if it may seem economically unfeasible for now," she said.

In 2007, Lee made a campaign pledge to construct a new airport in Yeongnam, but the government announced the decision to scrap the plan on Wednesday, citing a lack of expected economic benefits.

Asked if she will make the airport construction a major pledge for her future presidential campaign, Park said: "My position is that this is something that should be continuously pushed for."

Her direct criticism of Lee and emphasis on the need to construct a new airport is expected to have deep political impact as the government decision continues to trigger strong backlash from regional residents and politicians.

She presented the new airport as a campaign pledge during the Grand National Party's (GNP) race to nominate its presidential candidate in 2007 and has since repeatedly spoken in support of the construction project.

Park lost to Lee in the GNP's presidential primary.

She emphasized that the new airport is needed "for the future national interest," citing the land ministry's presumption that the country's air traffic will exceed the capacity of Incheon International Airport in 2025 even if its third-stage expansion project is completed properly.

"Some mention declining demands for small domestic airports. They will continue to decrease and perish, but international airports are different," Park said, adding that international exchanges and demands of air traffic are on a steady rise.

There was no immediate response from the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

"It's a matter that we should think about carefully before showing any response," a key presidential official told reporters on condition of anonymity. (Yonhap)
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Old March 31st, 2011, 10:11 AM   #7
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President Lee Myung-bak plans to hold a press conference later this week to express his position on the government's decision to abort a major airport construction project, his aides said Thursday, amid fierce backlash from local residents, authorities and lawmakers.

"The president is scheduled to express his position tomorrow," a senior official at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said on the condition of anonymity. "The format will be a press conference."

Lee made a campaign pledge to construct a new airport in the southeastern region, called "Yeongnam" in Korean, but the government announced a decision Wednesday to scrap the plan, citing a lack of expected economic benefits.

A Cheong Wa Dae source said Lee is expected to express regret over the reversal rather than offering a direct public apology.
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 09:27 PM   #8
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Old August 4th, 2012, 03:40 AM   #9
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Good Busan need a new airport. Their traffic is growing and the current airport is old. Just convert it to an air force base.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 05:39 AM   #10
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Did the construction started for the new airport?
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Old August 4th, 2012, 06:11 AM   #11
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Nah I believe its still being planned.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 11:47 AM   #12
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Well for the moment I believe nothing will happen. It all depends on the presidential elections.
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Old August 14th, 2012, 05:30 PM   #13
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Some update

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Last April, President Lee Myung-bak withdrew a construction plan for a new airport in the southeastern region, apologizing for making a ``wrong campaign pledge.” The cancellation came after a feasibility study gave two sites competing for the project in South and North Gyeongsang provinces dismal scores of 40 out of 100.

Sixteen months later, none other than the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs is pushing to revive the project, saying it will resume the feasibility study next year and is requesting 1 billion won from the budget.

The ministry cites recent surging demand in both Jeju and Gimhae airports, located on Jeju Island and in the vicinity of Busan, respectively. But experts say the expansion of the existing facilities, including runways, will be sufficient to meet demand for the next several years.

Actually, most of the new demands are political. All major presidential hopefuls from both the ruling and opposition camps are stressing the need for new airports on the tourism-dependent island province as well as nearby the nation’s second largest city. And the bureaucrats want to curry favor with the ``future power.”

Koreans have watched, all too frequently, huge amounts of taxpayer’s money ending up in the pockets of large builders, while the environment is destroyed, and little contribution is made to regional economies and few jobs are created ― mostly because they were duped by the populist promises of political candidates. They should not stand for this to be repeated this time around. They don’t have to look much beyond the 22 trillion-won four-river refurbishment projects, which has done little to alleviate drought conditions or improve water quality.

Voters should ditch candidates who adhere to the 20th-century development formula characterized by collusion between politicians and builders, and back those who promise to revive the rural economy and support the urban self-employed while developing knowledge-based smaller firms to create a maximum number of jobs for the young unemployed.

Election or not, the nation will have to replenish key infrastructure, but these airports are not needed, at least not now. The Ministry of Planning and Finance should reject the budget request.
Source : http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news...02_117368.html
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Old August 14th, 2014, 09:49 AM   #14
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I think this project is dead.
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Dear mod,

Please delete this page as the project has been scrapped, as mentioned in the following posts on another thread:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=688
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