(Travel and Leisure Newspaper = Lee Jung-chan) The Ministry of Land Transport and the Korea Airports Corporation announced that the Gimpo Airport Domestic Passenger Terminal, which is the history and symbol of the Republic of Korea Airport, has opened a new door after 10 years of remodeling.
The Gimpo Airport Passenger Terminal completed in 1980 has served as an international passenger terminal until the opening of Incheon International Airport in 2001, and has since been used as a domestic passenger terminal.
Since 2009, the company has invested some 250 billion won in renovation projects to quickly respond to internal and external changes such as degradation of buildings due to aging, low cost airlines (LCC) growth, and increased number of passengers.
Especially, this project is a high-end project that operated the airport normally during the construction period, and it is difficult to find such a business that promoted the whole remodeling as a single large-scale building in the world.
For airport operation and safety, construction work was divided into hundreds of construction sites, and noise, vibration, dust, etc. were generated by night work, and day and night work was carried out throughout the construction period. .
During the construction period, about 3,500 jobs and 550 billion won of production inducement effect were generated. In addition, 330 people were employed in the airport, such as security search, beautification and facilities, It is estimated that 6,000 people will contribute to national economic development and job creation.
Through this project, Gimpo Airport’s domestic passenger terminal will be expanded to include passenger facilities expansion, a waiting room expansion, a specialized space at the airport, a fire prevention system, and a variety of smart systems to provide customers with a fast and convenient airport, Airport ‘
First, to make a fast and convenient airport that is customer-centered, the baggage handling facility and system, which is the core facility of the airport, are replaced and the baggage handling time is reduced from 15 minutes to less than 5 minutes within the first time. And the time it takes to reduce it.
By adding three units, the boarding school, which was originally the 9th unit, was able to support more rapid and convenient boarding.
In addition, in order to secure a waiting space for group travelers such as school tourists, the departure lounge is greatly expanded, and a dedicated elevator for arriving passengers is newly installed to separate the departure passenger and the arrival passenger route so that passengers can use Gimpo Airport more quickly and comfortably. Improvement.
A total of 533m of moving walk was installed in both wing areas of the terminal to shorten the walking distance to half of the existing one, thereby enhancing the convenience of passengers including transportation.
In order to make it more enjoyable for the airport users, we have created an atrium with natural light and sound recording in the idle space on the east side of the waiting room on the first floor. In the 4th floor, we have created a large themed restaurant, I was able to experience it.
After eating at the theme restaurant, I installed an observation deck on the roof so that I could watch the aircraft takeoff and landing.
To improve the convenience of transportation, the number of handicapped-accessible toilets has been increased from 8 to 37, and the maternity rest room has been increased from 2 to 7, and the interior of all passenger restrooms in the terminal has also been improved.
Sprinklers and fire detectors have been installed throughout the airport to provide safer and more environmentally friendly airports. Solar power has been installed to convert sunlight into electric energy, and geothermal systems to use heat from the ground for cooling and heating. New and renewable energy was introduced. In addition, the company has enhanced its security search equipment and enhanced its aviation security by introducing an intelligent CCTV system.
Son Myeong-su, Air Police Chief of the Ministry of Land Transportation, said, “The Kimpo Airport remodeling project, which has a history of Korea’s aviation industry, has been successfully completed and has become a more convenient, convenient and enjoyable airport for the public. We will carry out a policy for convenient and safe air travel. “
Kim Myeong-woon, acting president of the Korea Airport Corporation, said, “We will do our utmost to provide the best aviation service to the Korean people in response to steadily increasing demand for domestic passengers and increasing expectations of the nation’s aviation services.”