November 06, 2017 12:54
The second passenger terminal at Incheon International Airport will open on Jan. 18 to welcome athletes for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
The airport on Saturday said the new terminal will ease overcrowding in the existing terminal, and make arrival and departure of the Olympic athletes from around the world much smoother.
The athletes' village will open on Jan. 30, but some have decided to come sooner than that to acclimatize and get over their jet lag. Four airline companies will move into the new terminal -- Korean Air, Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM.
The new terminal, which cost W5 trillion, has a wider waiting area in departure and arrivals, and automated check-in services. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said the airport will now be able to handle 72 million passengers and 5 million tons of cargo.
About 30,000 athletes, referees and reporters and 320,000 tourists are expected to arrive in Korea via Incheon during the Winter Olympics, most of them in the final week before the opening ceremony. This will add an average of 2,000 to 5,500 passengers who use the airport per day.
"We will allocate immigration control booths exclusively for Olympic delegations and open some of the fast-track windows for them," an airport official said.
Some 190 connecting flights from Incheon to Yangyang near Pyeongchang will be operated during the games.
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