Korea’s Incheon Airport breaks ground on new $2.5bn terminal

Incheon International Airport (ICN) in South Korea has broken ground on the $2.5bn Terminal 2 that will effectively double the size of the airport.

Design firm Gensler, in collaboration with Heerim-Mooyoung-Gensler-Yungdo Consortium, have provided the designs that will be constructed in two phases.

The latest project comprises a second airport control tower, train station, parking facilities and an airside Intra Airport Transit (IAT).

Gensler global aviation design practice principal and leader Keith Thompson said that the company designed Terminal 2 to make travel at Incheon even more compelling, offering people unprecedented ease and convenience.

"It's a large international terminal, yet it will be very intuitive to navigate and present unique experiences like the vast interior gardens featuring native Korean foliage," Thompson added.

When completed, the 72-gate, 7.4-million-ft² terminal is anticipated to boost the airport's role as a key asset to Korea's economy.

The new terminal will comprise latest sustainable technologies and indoor green space with natural daylight, waterfalls, koi ponds and streams, along with lifestyle centres and boutique shopping.

This second passenger terminal marks one of the primary facilities of the KRW4.9trn ($4.5bn) third phase construction project aimed at addressing the airport's growing passenger demand.

In addition to the 2nd passenger terminal, the third phase of the construction project includes investment in building traffic network and a second transportation centre.

Prime Minister Hong-won Chung said that the third phase construction project is expected to create 93,000 new jobs and KRW17trn ($15.8bn) of economic effects, positioning itself as a leading model of creative economy.

The airport completed the second phase of the construction project by building the third runway and concourse in June 2008.