Senior Citizens, Pregnant Women to Get Fast-Tracked at Incheon

Incheon International Airport will create fast-track boarding lanes for the elderly, pregnant women and the disabled.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Monday it will open the separate lanes at the airport reserved for certain passengers in June. Passengers using them will not have to queue to have their tickets and passports processed.

Airport officials expect passenger traffic will exceed the airport's capacity of 44 million this year and decided to create fast-track lanes while bolstering the number of boarding gates and X-rays.

Passengers often have to wait in line for an hour to get processed during peak season, an airport spokesman said. He said processing time would decrease by 44 percent thanks to the fast-track lanes.

Airports around the world already run fast-track lanes, but some airports charge passengers to use them. Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport sees around 45,000 passengers who pay W200,000 (US$1=W1,042) a year to use the fast-track lanes, while Frankfurt Airport in Germany offers the service to business or first-class passengers. Prague Airport also charges a fee. Singapore's Changi Airport operates a separate fast-track terminal.

Incheon mulled fast-track lanes when it opened in 2001, but officials initially decided against for fear of complaints about biased treatment.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 15, 2014 10:48 KST