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CAPA TV | May 22, 2019

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Seoul Incheon Airport Awarded CAPA Asia Pacific Large Airport Of The Year (Over 30 Million Annual Passengers)

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  • On December 19, 2018

This is awarded to the airport with over 30 million annual passengers that has been the biggest standout strategically, has established itself as a strategic leader, and done the most to advance the progress of the aviation industry.

Incheon Airport was selected for the successful opening of Terminal 2, which provides further customer service improvements including for transit passengers and cements Incheon’s status as one of the leading hub airports in the world.

Terminal 2 opened in Jan-2018, just ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games which South Korea hosted. The spacious high-tech terminal is the new hub for Korean Air and its SkyTeam partners.

Incheon’s Terminal 2 lifts the airport’s capacity to 72 million annual passengers and further upgrades are planned to increase capacity to 100 million passengers by 2023. Incheon handled 62 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 8% compared to 2016. Incheon could reach 70 million passengers this year, having recorded 11% growth through the first three quarters. Traffic has more than doubled since 2009, when the airport handled less than 29 million passengers.

Incheon currently has nonstop passenger flights to over 150 international destinations. Incheon has emerged as the leading hub for East Asia-North America traffic and now has 13 destinations in North America – with two more to be added in Apr-2019 as Korean Air launches Boston and Delta Air Lines launches Minneapolis. Incheon is poised for further East Asia-North America growth as Delta pulls down its Tokyo Narita hub and focuses on Incheon as part of a newly implemented JV with Korean.

“Incheon has emerged as one of the world’s best transit hubs and is now undeniably one of Asia’s leading airports,”CAPA executive chairman Peter Harbison said. “Incheon has upped its game with an extraordinary new terminal that provides an exceptional level of service and significantly improves Korean Air’s position as a leading network airline.”

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