March 15, 2016 09:53
Incheon International Airport is to get a capsule hotel and self check-in counters as part of measures aimed at boosting passenger traffic, it said on Monday.
Incheon airport plans to build the 67-room capsule hotel by the end of this year. Such cubbyhole sleeping quarters already exist at Haneda Airport in Tokyo and Heathrow in London. Each capsule also has a toilet and shower occupying minimal space.
An airport staffer said, "At present, passengers who have long waiting times before their red-eye flights or arrive early in the morning experience inconveniences. Capsules will only cost W8,000-9,000 per hour," (US$1=W1,189).
The check-in process will also be simplified. The airport will set up mobile self check-in zones with tablet PCs and desktops, and passengers will be able to receive their electronic boarding passes on their smartphones.
The airport hopes to install eight of these zones by 2020.
Also, the airport will open its departure gates half an hour earlier at 6 a.m., set up three more security checkpoints and add 100 security staff in the departure area to cut down on processing time.
The measures are expected to shorten outbound passenger processing time from the present average 43 minutes to 40.
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