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Old October 23rd, 2007, 07:59 PM   #61
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 10:12 PM   #62
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DHL Touts Incheon’s Potential as Logistics Hub in Asia-Pacific



By Jane Han
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From high-quality facilities and infrastructure to dedicated people and good technology, Incheon is ideally suited to act as a logistics hub and more in these parts of the world, a top executive of the world's leading logistics company said Tuesday.

Meeting with The Korea Times for an interview at the Hyatt Regency Incheon, Dan McHugh, chief executive officer of DHL Express for Asia Pacific, said he has enormous confidence in Incheon's potential.

"Well over a third of global volume for transportation and logistics is going to be in this part of the world and we are making serious investments as part of our long-term growth strategy,'' he said.

By serious investment, McHugh is talking about the ground-breaking for the establishment of a $50 million hub facility at the Incheon International Airport Tuesday, bringing DHL's investments here since 2001 to $100 million.

When completed by the end of 2008, the DHL Express Incheon Hub will serve as a consolidation and distribution center for South Korea and for markets such as Mongolia, Guam, Saipan, and the Russian Far East. Providing its customers with more intra-regional and inter-continental connections to the U.S. and Europe.

"Basically, hubs like Incheon, Hong Kong and Shanghai serve different markets and our latest commitment, which expands the existing facility by five-fold, shows our commitment to Incheon's huge potential for growth,'' said the American executive, based in Singapore.

McHugh said, "Our facility at Incheon is an important component of DHL Express' network. It is well placed to ensure that we provide the highest quality service for our customers. DHL has chosen to invest in our new Incheon facility because the airport has strong regional and inter-continental connections, allowing for improved transit times to key cities around the world."

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Old October 25th, 2007, 03:48 AM   #63
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Korean Customs Improves Welcome

Customs authorities at Korea’s Incheon International Airport are implementing a series of measures to improve passenger service. Next April, the airport will introduce an integrated database system to speed security screening of passengers from the current three minutes to just 20 seconds per passenger.

The system uses an airport database of passengers, domestic and foreign, who fly frequently in and out of the country. It will also include photos and fingerprints.

Incheon also recently introduced a free interpretation service for foreigners entering the country. Passengers passing through Customs can speak by phone to translators in English, Japanese, Chinese, German, French, Spanish and Russian.

The airport, which is 52km west of Seoul, was last year named “Best Airport Worldwide” by Airports Council International (ACI) for the second consecutive year. It was also named Best Airport by the British-based Official Airline Guide.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 11:58 PM   #64
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So the 3rd and 4th runways are U/C then? Great!
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Old October 26th, 2007, 07:43 AM   #65
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So the 3rd and 4th runways are U/C then? Great!
Yes, the 3rd runway should be in operation by summer of 08, I think.
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By Kim Rahn
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Incheon, which accommodates every carrier at its international airport, plans to set up its own airline.

The city government said Thursday it has decided to operate a regional, low-cost carrier with Tiger Airways of Singapore.

The name of the carrier is undecided.

Tiger Airways, established in 2004, operates in more than 25 destinations in eight countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Incheon and Tiger Airways will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) prior to a main contract and officially announce the establishment of a special purpose company this month. It will also apply to the Ministry of Construction and Transportation for a license to launch regular air operations by 2010.

With 20 billion won in capital, the city government, Incheon Tourism Organization and Incheon Transit Corporation will have 51 percent of the airline's shares, while Tiger Airways will have 49 percent.

The carrier will adopt five A320s or B737s, which can cover four-hour flights, to operate to cities in Japan and China.

However, it is yet to be seen whether the carrier will be able to operate international flights when the business opens, as the transportation ministry is planning to only grant international operation licenses to airlines that have operated domestic routes for a minimum of three years without any major accidents.

The government plans to revise relevant regulations by the end of this year to prevent accidents from premature carriers.

However, the city government is protesting the move that hampers new carriers' advancement into the international market.

"Asiana Airlines, for example, was permitted to fly international flights 20 months after it began domestic operations in 1988. We recognize experience is important for international operations, but what's more important is thorough preparation and management,'' an official of the city government's maritime, airport and distribution bureau said.

He said he expects the Incheon carrier to operate domestic routes for about a year and be allowed to start international operations.

The carrier's domestic routes are likely to include those between Incheon and Busan, Daegu and Jeju. "While other carrier's domestic flights operate in Gimpo airport, the Incheon airline will be based in the Incheon International Airport. Passengers from provinces who are leaving the country, will be able to transfer through Incheon airport,'' he said.

The official said its airfare will be much lower than other budget carriers _ Jeju Air and Hansung Airlines, whose fares are about 70 percent of those by Korean Air and Asiana Airlines.

"The fare will cost around 40 to 50 percent of the two national flag carriers' fares, as we'll cut costs as much as possible. For example, free drinks or meals will not be provided, and flight attendants will wear white shirts and jeans instead of uniforms designed by famous designers,'' he said.

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Old November 3rd, 2007, 03:15 AM   #67
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Fire Delays Flights at Incheon Airport

Flights were delayed at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday after a fire broke out in the airport's departure lounge. It was the first time the airport was forced to delay flights because of a fire.

The fire broke out in a Burger King fast food restaurant on the third floor of the departure lounge at 5.50 p.m. It was put out after 20 minutes but smoke filled some areas of the lounge near the restaurant.

The passageway to gates 31-40 was closed and some passengers were evacuated. No one was hurt. The airport rearranged flights to unaffected gates, and 10 flights were delayed by up to 50 minutes.

"Fortunately there were few flights at the airport at the time. All flight operations were back to normal around 7.00 p.m., an hour after the fire. Passengers will likely be able to use all gates tomorrow," an airport official said.

Police believe the fire was caused by over-heated equipment in the kitchen. They are still investigating.

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Is Seoul experiencing a large influx of traffic that the next phase of the masterplan has commenced? (3rd runway and 2nd Remote Concourse)
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Old November 27th, 2007, 06:14 AM   #70
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Is Seoul experiencing a large influx of traffic that the next phase of the masterplan has commenced? (3rd runway and 2nd Remote Concourse)
Yes, I don't know the exact figures, but it's been on the increase every year so far since it opened in 2001. Also, it was I think planned from the start to start phase two sometime after it opened
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Old November 27th, 2007, 09:13 AM   #71
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Yes, I don't know the exact figures, but it's been on the increase every year so far since it opened in 2001. Also, it was I think planned from the start to start phase two sometime after it opened
Thanks for the info...

Any images of what the next phases would end up looking like?
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Old November 27th, 2007, 09:18 AM   #72
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Thanks for the info...

Any images of what the next phases would end up looking like?
Not at the moment but once have one, I'll post some photos or info regarding the new satellite terminal, new cargo terminal and the third runway.
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Incheon International Airport Improves Immigration Processing

Demonstrating that good things can be made even better, IIAC signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of an 'Integrated Passenger Information System' and the 'Automated Immigration Clearance System' with the Incheon Branch of the Korea Immigration Service last October 22nd, with IIAC President & CEO, Mr. Jaehee Lee, along with seventy other ranking personnel from various airport agencies and airlines in attendance.

Due to be completed at the same time as the second phase of airport construction in 2008, the improvement of the immigration system will involve integration of all information concerning departing/arriving passengers as well as those in transit, and passengers meeting certain qualification will be provided with expedited immigration services.

The Integrated Immigration Information System, which would be the key to the project, will link the entire process from check-in to boarding with the immigration database, which would allow passengers to be cleared for departure right at the checkin counter.

As for the Automated Clearance System, it is a state-of-the-art system that would provide immigration processing via automated immigration counters for Korean and foreign passengers frequently traveling through Incheon International Airport by having them submit their fingerprints and photographs beforehand, thereby precluding the need to be checked by human officers during their arrival and departure.

President & CEO of IIAC, Mr. Jaehee Lee, called the system a 'key project' to the IIAC's ambitions to create a 'ubiquitous airport' by combining the latest advances in IT and biological information recognition technology. Mr. Lee projected that when the work is completed in May of next year, travelers using Incheon International Airport will be able to see greater convenience in services provided by the airport.

The system represents a culmination of the efforts undertaken on the part of IIAC beginning last year to create the ubiquitous airport, as part of its mid-to-long term grand strategy. The system is expected to obviate unnecessary waste of time through simplification of the immigration process by utilizing advanced IT and biotechnology. IIAC is gradually unfolding its master plan by phases, the latest being transferring the time saved from a simplified immigration process into added value for the airport, which represents a new paradigm in airport operations.

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World Peace Forest to Be Built in Incheon


By Park Si-soo
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A spacious public park will be built around Incheon International Airport by 2009.

The Incheon International Airport Corp. has teamed up with Forest for Life, an environmental civic group, and Jung-gu ward office in Incheon to build the "World Peace Forest" on 188,240 square meters of land around the airport by the end of 2009.

The signing ceremony for the project was held Wednesday at the airport company in Incheon with numerous guests including Lee Jae-hee, CEO of Incheon International Airport Corp., Kim Hu-ran, head of the civic group and Park Seung-sook, chief administrator of Jung-gu.

The project is estimated to cost about 15 billion won. The funds required will be made through government's donation and fund-raising campaign through the public.

"We wish to improve environment around the area by making the forest,'' said Lee.

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New route connecting Munich, Incheon and Shenyang


German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG said it will open a new route connecting Munich, Incheon and Shenyang, China, beginning June next year. This will be the first flight for a European airline connecting Korea and China.

Lufthansa said yesterday that it would operate three flights to connect Shenyang, Incheon and Munich each week beginning June 8, pushing the number of its weekly flights in Korea from the current 10 to 13. Lufthansa, Europe’s second largest airline, is currently operating flights between Incheon and Frankfurt with connections in Busan, Incheon and Munich.

China-bound flights from Korea have become something of a gold mine among airlines here as the number of passengers on such flights snowballed by more than 200 percent between 2001 and 2006.

Airlines in Korea and China will also gain unrestricted access to each other’s commercial airspace beginning 2010, according to the open-sky pact signed by the two countries.
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Incheon sales close to $1bn


By David Hayes & Doug Newhouse, 4 January 2008

Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) expects total duty free sales to reach almost W.1,000bn ($1bn) when sales figures are totalled for 2007, reconfirming Incheon Airport’s position as the world’s second largest airport duty free sales operation after London Heathrow.

“Duty free business here is going very well,” commented Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) Retail Marketing Team General Manager, Bum Ho Kim to TREND in Seoul. “Our annual sales were W.900bn ($961.2m) in 2006. For last year we expect a 10% increase to almost W.1,000bn ($1bn). Passenger numbers are increasing by about 10% annually, so that is one of the key factors increasing revenues. South Korea people are spending more and more on duty free.”

Kim confirmed that departing South Korean passengers account for about 80% of duty free revenue at Incheon Airport, with perfume and cosmetics the largest category accounting for 35% ($315m) of sales combined, of which make up and skin care products together contribute 25% ($225m) and fragrances 10% ($90m). Liquor and tobacco combined account for 17% of total sales, with liquor's share of that total standing at 9% ($81m) and tobacco 8% ($72m).

“The growth in fashion and leather goods sales has been over 10% during the past year. Liquor and tobacco sales growth is 10%,” Kim said. “Perfume and cosmetics previously have had high growth, but this past year cosmetics growth was lower than other years as sales were affected by security restrictions - but cosmetics is still the top seller.”

Meanwhile, total duty free sales are expected to continue growing with the opening of Concourse A at Incheon Airport in June 2008 which will add another 30 flight departure gates to those already in operation at Incheon. Facilities planned for Concourse A include 4,500sq m of duty free retail space that will be occupied by more than 20 shops including 14 brand name boutiques.

Although no official duty free sales forecast has been announced for 2008, IIAC is optimistic that combined total departing and arriving passenger numbers will grow by about another 10% in 2008 to reach 33m to 34m passengers compared with around 30.5m in 2007. If duty free revenues keep pace with the growth rates of departing and arriving passenger numbers, then total sales should grow to at least W.1,100bn ($1.17bn) at Incheon Airport in 2008 where duty free goods are sold only to departing passengers.

As reported by TREND last June, Shilla Hotel, AK Duty Free and Lotte Hotel were chosen as the three main retailers to operate IIAC's five duty free licenses comprising five-year contracts which will commence from March 1, 2008 until February 28, 2013.

This hand-over period will see some big merchandise changes for various operators from March, with Shilla effectively taking over as the main fragrance and cosmetics, fashion, food and boutique retailer - a position presently held by Lotte - although AK Duty Free - trading as Duty Free Korea - will sell some P&C in its Passenger Terminal East 1,076sq m store [Currently, AK Duty Free currently sells liquor and tobacco - until March-Ed].

DFS also currently sells fragrances and cosmetics at Incheon, but it was unsuccessful in last year's round of bidding. At the same time, Lotte will take over the liquor and tobacco contract, while it will also continue to sell fashion, food and boutiques goods from its new locations.

All five contracts also carry additional two-year options at the discretion of IIAC. A total of 15 companies originally expressed an interest in bidding last year, including Dufry, King Power, Nuance and DFS.

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Incheon airport named world's best again

Incheon airport named world's best again

Date: January 11, 2008

Korea’s main airport has been named the world’s best for the second straight year, in a survey conducted by the U.S.-based monthly magazine Global Traveler.

Incheon International Airport said Thursday (Jan. 10) that it claimed the top spot in the annual survey of more than 15,000 of the magazine’s readers.

Singapore’s Changi Airport was second and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport third.

The magazine cited Incheon’s facilities, including golf course and world-class shopping terminal, as providing convenience and differentiated service for customers.

Incheon has also topped a service survey conducted by Airports Council International for two straight years.

"The efforts of Incheon airport staff have paid off by winning international prizes for airport service and management," said Lee Jae-hee, the airport’s chief executive. "We will do our utmost to win the top spot by providing the best service."

To further upgrade service, Incheon and major Korean logistics firm Hanjin Corporation signed a contract Thursday to build a nine-story hospital near the airport from this year.

Once construction is complete in 2011, the Yeongjong Medical Center is expected to serve nearby residents and 30,000 domestic and international tourists who visit Korea every year to receive medical services.


By Yoon Sojung
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hi guyz! some news about new carriers approaching ICN ?
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Finnair to operate Helsinki - Incheon in June 08

Lufthansa to operate Munich - Incheon - Shenyang, China (June 08) in addition to Munich - Incheon - Busan route they already serve.
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