The Incheon International Airport Corporation has chosen a design by a consortium led by Heerim Architects and Planners for a second passenger terminal, a spokesman said Sunday.
The corporation released designs based on a stylized encounter between two phoenixes that the spokesman said represent harmony between the new and old passenger terminals, desire for national unification, and global reconciliation.
This kicks off the third phase of airport expansion including the construction of the second passenger and cargo terminals. The new passenger terminal with a total floor space of about 35 sq. km will be built 2.8 km north of the existing passenger terminal and likely take about 10 minutes to reach by bus.
The corporation will also build a driverless underground train link between the two terminals. Once the second passenger terminal is built, Incheon will be able to handle about 62 million passengers and 5.8 million tons of cargo per year, compared to 25 million passengers at Japan's Kansai International Airport or 20 million passengers at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport.
Construction starts in May 2013 and ends in late December 2017. The new terminal will open in early 2018.