Incheon International Airport

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Incheon International Airport

Incheon Gukje Gonghang
logo of Incheon International Airport
Incheon International Airport.jpg
Aerial view of Terminal 1
WMO: 47113
Airport type Public
Owner Government of the Republic of Korea
Operator Incheon International Airport Corporation
Serves Seoul Metro Area
Location Jung District, Incheon, South Korea
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 23 ft / 7 m
Coordinates 37°27′48″N 126°26′24″E / 37.46333°N 126.44000°E / 37.46333; 126.44000Coordinates: 37°27′48″N 126°26′24″E / 37.46333°N 126.44000°E / 37.46333; 126.44000
ICN is located in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15R/33L 12,303 3,750 Asphalt
15L/33R 12,303 3,750 Asphalt
16/34 13,123 4,000 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 63 19 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft movements 271,224
Passengers 41,482,828
Tonnes of cargo 2,464,385
Statistics from IIAC[1]

Incheon International Airport (IIA) (IATA: ICNICAO: RKSI) (Korean: 인천국제공항, sometimes referred to as Seoul-Incheon International Airport) is the largest airport in South Korea, the primary airport serving the Seoul Capital Area, and one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. Since 2005, it has been rated the best airport worldwide by Airports Council International every year.[2] It is also rated as the world's cleanest airport and the world's best international transit airport by Skytrax.[3]

The airport has a golf course, spa, private sleeping rooms, ice skating rink, a casino, indoor gardens and a Museum of Korean Culture. Airport authorities claim that average departure and arrival takes 19 minutes and 12 minutes respectively, as compared to worldwide average of 60 minutes and 45 minutes respectively, ranking it among of the fastest airports in the world for customs processing.[4] Its duty-free shopping mall has been rated the world's best for three years in a row in 2013 by Business Traveller.[5] Incheon International Airport also claims that it has only a 0.0001% baggage mishandling rate.[6]

Located 48 km (30 mi) west of Seoul, the capital and the largest city of South Korea, Incheon International Airport is the main hub for Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, and Polar Air Cargo. The airport serves as a hub for international civilian air transportation and cargo traffic in East Asia. Incheon International Airport is also currently Asia's eighth busiest airport in terms of passengers, the world's fourth busiest airport by cargo traffic, and the world's eighth busiest airport in terms of international passengers in 2014. In that year, 40,785,953 international passengers used the airport.[7]

The airport opened for business in early 2001 to replace the older Gimpo International Airport, which now serves mostly domestic destinations plus shuttle flights to alternate airports in China, Japan, and Taiwan.

Incheon International Airport is located west of Incheon's city center, on an artificially created piece of land between Yeongjong and Yongyu islands. The two islands were originally separated by shallow sea. That area between the two islands was reclaimed for the construction project, effectively connecting the once separate Yeongjong and Yongyu islands. The reclaimed area as well as the two islands are all part of Jung-gu, an administrative district of Incheon.

It is connected to the mainland by Incheon International Airport Expressway (Expressway 130), a part of which is Yeongjong Bridge. The expressway also connects Gimpo International Airport to provide connections between domestic flight service with international air traffic, an advantage that makes it much easier to travel from southern Korean regions to Incheon, and then to airports all over the globe. Incheon Bridge serves as the second path to the southern part of Incheon city from October 2009. The airport is served by frequent bus service from all parts of South Korea as well as by traditional ferry service between Yeongjong pier and Incheon. Airport limousines operate around the clock from Seoul to Incheon, and several backup highway buses escort people from places within and outside Seoul.

The Incheon International Airport Railroad connects Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station in downtown Seoul. Non-Stop Express trains 43 minutes, and regular trains which stops at all stations takes 53 minutes to Seoul Station.

The airport holds an unbreakable record of being ranked the Best Airport Worldwide for 7 consecutive years by the Airports Council International (ACI)'s Airport Service Quality award from year 2005 to 2011, and was also rated the world's best among airports of its size (25-40m) and region (Asia-Pacific) in year 2012 due to the institution's decision to discontinue the Best Airport Worldwide category.

Seoul Incheon International Airport's terminal has 76 boarding gates altogether, with 44 in the main terminal and 30 in Concourse A.


Location of Incheon International Airport on reclaimed land joining Yeongjong and Yongyu Islands

After the Seoul Olympics of 1988, international air traffic to Korea increased. In the 1990s, it became apparent that Gimpo International Airport could not cope with the increase in air traffic. To reduce the load on Gimpo International Airport, construction of the Incheon airport began in November 1992. It was constructed on reclaimed land between Yeongjong Island and Youngyu Island, and took eight years to construct, with an additional six months to test. The airport was officially opened in March 2001.

Initially, there were numerous problems, mostly involving baggage handling, which required the system to be operated semi-automatically. Most of the problems were fixed within a month, and the airport began to operate normally.

Air traffic increased markedly, and by early 2002 due to 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2002 Asian Games, it became apparent that the airport would be saturated by 2006. As a result, the construction of the second phase was initiated in February 2002. Originally, the construction was supposed to have ended by December 2008. Due to the Beijing Olympics in 2008, however, the construction schedule was modified to allow the construction to end by July 2008.

On 15 November 2006, the Airbus A380 landed at the airport as part of the first leg of its certification trip. Tests on the runways, taxiways, and ramps showed that the airport could handle the aircraft.

To further upgrade service, Incheon and major Korean logistics firm Hanjin Corporation (parent company of the Korean Flag Carrier, Korean Air) agreed on 10 January 2008 to build a nine-story hospital near the airport. Once construction is complete in 2011, the Yeongjong Medical Centre is expected to serve nearby residents and some of Korea's annual 30,000 medical tourists.[8]

Airlines and destinations


The airport serves more passenger trafic than Japan's main international gateway, Narita International.[9]

An Orient Thai Airlines Boeing 747-200 at ICN
Inside Incheon International Airport
An Asiana Airlines Boeing 767-300 in Star Alliance livery touching down at Incheon International Airport. A Korean Air Boeing 777-200ER can be seen in the background.

Airlines Destinations Terminal/
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo A
operated by Aurora
Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk A
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur A
AirAsia Zest Cebu, Kalibo, Manila A
Air Astana Almaty, Astana A
Air Canada Vancouver A
Air China Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Dandong,[10] Hangzhou, Hefei, Qingdao, Tianjin, Yanji
Seasonal: Chongqing
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle A
Air India Delhi, Hong Kong A
Air Macau Macau A
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino A
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth A
Asia Atlantic Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Phuket A
Asiana Airlines Almaty, Astana,[11] Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beijing-Capital, Busan, Cebu, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chicago-O'Hare, Chongqing, Clark, Da Nang, Dalian, Delhi, Macau, Denpasar/Bali, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Harbin, Hiroshima, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeju, Jinan, Kalibo, Khabarovsk, Koror, Kota Kinabalu, Kumamoto, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Manila, Matsuyama, Miyazaki, Nagoya-Centrair, Naha, Nanjing, New York-JFK, Osaka-Kansai, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Qingdao, Rome-Fiumicino, Saipan, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, Sendai, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenzhen, Shizuoka, Siem Reap, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei-Taoyuan, Takamatsu, Tashkent, Tianjin, Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita, Toyama, Vladivostok, Weihai, Xi'an, Yancheng, Yangon, Yanji, Yantai, Yonago, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Seasonal: Asahikawa, Nanchang, Nha Trang
Seasonal charter: Barcelona, Hailar,[12] Memanbetsu, Sapporo-Chitose,[13] Ube, Venice
British Airways London-Heathrow A
Business Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phuket A
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong, Taipei-Taoyuan A
Cebu Pacific Manila
Charter: Kalibo
China Airlines Kaohsiung, Taipei-Taoyuan A
China Eastern Airlines Changsha, Changzhou, Kunming, Nanjing, Nanning, Qingdao, Shanghai-Pudong, Taiyuan, Weihai, Wuxi, Xi'an, Yancheng, Yantai, Zhengzhou A
China Southern Airlines Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Dalian, Guangzhou, Harbin, Jiamusi, Mudanjiang, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Yanji, Zhengzhou, Wuhan
Seasonal: Nanning, Urumqi
Czech Airlines Prague A
Delta Air Lines Detroit, Seattle/Tacoma A
Dynamic Airways Saipan A
Eastar Jet Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Hong Kong, Jinan, Kota Kinabalu, Naha (begins 29 October 2015),[14] Osaka-Kansai, Phuket, Siem Reap, Tokyo-Narita Main & A
Emirates Dubai-International A
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Hong Kong A
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi A
EVA Air Kaohsiung, Taipei-Taoyuan A
Finnair Helsinki A
Garuda Indonesia Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta A
Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu A
Hong Kong Express Airways Hong Kong A
Japan Airlines Tokyo-Narita A
Jeju Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Cebu, Da Nang (begins 2 December 2015),[15] Fukuoka, Guam, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Jiamusi, Manila, Nagoya-Centrair, Naha, Osaka-Kansai, Qingdao, Saipan, Shijiazhuang, Tokyo-Narita, Weihai, Yantai Main & A
Jet Asia Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi A
Jin Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Cebu, Chiang Mai, Clark, Da Nang (begins 25 October 2015),[16] Fukuoka, Guam, Hong Kong, Honolulu (begins 19 December 2015),[17] Kalibo (begins 1 December 2015), Kota Kinabalu, Macau, Nagasaki, Naha, Osaka-Kansai, Phuket (begins 2 December 2015),[18] Sapporo-Chitose, Vientiane
Charter: Dalian, Medan, Shenyang, Siem Reap
Main & A
KLM Amsterdam A
Korean Air Akita, Amsterdam, Aomori, Atlanta, Auckland, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beijing-Capital, Brisbane, Busan, Cebu, Changsha, Chiang Mai, Chicago-O'Hare, Colombo, Da Nang, Daegu, Dalian, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denpasar/Bali, Dubai-International, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guam, Guangzhou, Hakodate, Hanoi, Hefei, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Houston-Intercontinental, Huangshan, Irkutsk, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Jeju, Jinan, Kagoshima, Kathmandu, Komatsu, Koror, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kunming, Las Vegas, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Malé, Manila, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Mumbai, Nadi, Nagoya-Centrair, Nanning, New York-JFK, Nha Trang, Niigata, Oita, Okayama, Osaka-Kansai, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Prague, Qingdao, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, San Francisco, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Sapporo-Chitose, Seattle/Tacoma, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Siem Reap, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tashkent, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tianjin, Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita, Toronto-Pearson, Ulan Bator, Vancouver, Vienna, Vladivostok, Washington-Dulles, Weihai, Wuhan, Xi'an, Xiamen, Yangon, Yanji, Zhengzhou, Zürich
Seasonal: Cairo, Oslo-Gardermoen, Saint Petersburg
Seasonal charter: Athens, Taichung, Xining, Zagreb
Korean Air
operated by Hanjin
Seasonal Charter: Athens[19] Main
Lao Airlines Luang Prabang, Vientiane A
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich A
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur A
Mandarin Airlines Kaohsiung, Taichung A
MIAT Mongolian Airlines Ulan Bator A
Myanmar Airways International Mandalay, Yangon A
Orient Thai Airlines Bangkok-Don Mueang, Phuket A
Peach Naha,[20] Osaka-Kansai A
Philippine Airlines Cebu, Kalibo, Manila A
Qatar Airways Doha A
S7 Airlines Novosibirsk,[21] Vladivostok
Seasonal: Irkutsk
Scoot Singapore, Taipei-Taoyuan A
Shandong Airlines Jinan, Qingdao, Yantai A
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai-Pudong A
Shenzhen Airlines Shenzhen, Xi'an, Yantai A
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu A
Singapore Airlines San Francisco, Singapore A
Sky Angkor Airlines Siem Reap, Sihanoukville A
Spring Airlines Shanghai-Pudong, Shijiazhuang A
StarFlyer Seasonal: Kitakyūshū A
Thai AirAsia X Bangkok-Don Mueang A
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Hong Kong, Los Angeles (ends 25 October 2015),[22] Taipei-Taoyuan A
Tianjin Airlines Tianjin A
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk A
T'way Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Fukuoka, Guam,[23] Haikou, Jinan, Macau (begins 27 November 2015),[24] Naha, Ningbo, Oita, Osaka-Kansai, Saga, Sapporo-Chitose, Taichung, Vientiane Main & A
Uni Air Taichung[25] A
United Airlines San Francisco, Tokyo-Narita A
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent A
VietJet Air Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (begins 7 November 2015)[26]
Charter: Da Nang
Vietnam Airlines Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City A
Xiamen Airlines Fuzhou, Quanzhou,[27] Xiamen A
Yakutia Airlines Seasonal: Ulan-Ude, Yakutsk A


Airlines Destinations
Air China Cargo Beijing-Capital, Shanghai-Pudong
Air France Cargo Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Hong Kong Hong Kong
Air Incheon Jinan, Qingdao, Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita, Ulan Bator, Yantai, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg
Antonov Airlines Fairbanks
ANA Cargo Naha, Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Narita
Asiana Cargo Anchorage, Atlanta, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Brussels, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth,[28] Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, London-Stansted, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Domodedovo, Nagoya-Centrair, New York-JFK, Osaka-Kansai, Oslo-Gardermoen, Penang, Portland (OR),[29] Saint Petersburg, San Francisco, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore, Tianjin, Vienna, Yantai
Atlas Air Chicago-O'Hare, Hong Kong
Aviacon Zitotrans Yekaterinburg
Cardig Air Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta
Cargolux Luxembourg
Cathay Pacific Cargo Hong Kong, Osaka-Kansai
Centurion Air Cargo Miami
China Cargo Airlines Shanghai-Pudong
China Postal Airlines Beijing-Capital, Xi'an, Yantai
DHL Aviation
operated by AeroLogic
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum, Osaka-Kansai
FedEx Express Anchorage, Beijing-Capital, Guangzhou, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York-JFK, Newark, Shanghai-Pudong
Hong Kong Airlines Cargo Hong Kong
Kalitta Air Anchorage, Chicago-O'Hare, New York-JFK, Shanghai-Pudong
Korean Air Cargo Amsterdam, Atlanta, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Basel/Mulhouse, Beijing-Capital, Boston, Brussels, Campinas, Chicago-O'Hare, Chennai, Cheongju, Copenhagen, Dallas/Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Guadalajara, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Kuala Lumpur, Lima, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Manila, Miami, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Navoiy, New York-JFK, Osaka-Kansai, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Penang, Qingdao, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore, Stockholm-Arlanda, Sydney, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Toronto-Pearson, Vienna, Xiamen, Zaragoza
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt, Krasnoyarsk
MASkargo Kuala Lumpur
Midex Airlines Al Ain
Nippon Cargo Airlines Osaka-Kansai, Shanghai-Pudong, Tokyo-Narita
Nordic Global Airlines Helsinki
Okay Airways Cargo Tianjin
Polar Air Cargo Anchorage, Cincinnati, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei-Taoyuan
Polet Airlines Voronezh
Qantas Freight Chicago-O'Hare, Sydney
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha
SAT Airlines Cargo Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
SF Airlines Zhengzhou
Sky Lease Cargo Miami
Silk Way Airlines Baku
Silk Way West Airlines Baku
Singapore Airlines Cargo Singapore
Southern Air Beijing-Capital, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, San Francisco
Turkish Airlines Cargo Almaty, Bishkek, Istanbul-Atatürk[31]
UPS Airlines Almaty, Anchorage, Hong Kong, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Taipei-Taoyuan, Zhengzhou
Volga-Dnepr Airlines Krasnoyarsk
Western Global Airlines Los Angeles
Yangtze River Express Hangzhou, Qingdao, Shanghai-Pudong

Traffic and statistics

Traffic by calendar year

Traffic by calendar year
Passenger volume Change over previous year Aircraft operations Cargo tonnage
2001 14,542,290 86,807 1,186,015
2002 20,924,171 Increase043.9% 126,094 1,705,928
2003 19,789,874 Decrease05.4% 130,185 1,843,055
2004 24,084,072 Increase021.7% 149,776 2,133,444
2005 26,051,466 Increase08.2% 160,843 2,150,139
2006 28,191,116 Increase08.2% 182,007 2,336,571
2007 31,227,897 Increase010.8% 211,404 2,555,580
2008 29,973,522 Decrease04.0% 211,102 2,423,717
2009 28,549,770 Decrease04.8% 198,918 2,313,002
2010 33,478,925 Increase017.3% 214,835 2,684,499
2011 35,062,366 Increase04.7% 229,580 2,539,222
2012 38,970,864 Increase011.1% 254,037 2,456,724
2013 41,482,828 Increase06.4% 271,224 2,464,385
2014 45,512,099 Increase09.7% 290,043 2,557,681
Source: IIAC Airport Statistics[32]

Top carriers

In 2012, the ten carriers with the largest percentage of passengers flying into, out of, or through Incheon are as follows:

Top Carriers (2012)[32]
Rank Carrier Domestic
Total  %
1 Korean Air 419,929 14,058,318 14,478,247 37.15%
2 Asiana Airlines 191,024 9,602,680 9,793,704 25.13%
3 China Southern Airlines 1,158,424 1,158,424 2.97%
4 Cathay Pacific 1,046,374 1,046,374 2.69%
5 China Eastern Airlines 977,691 977,691 2.51%
6 Thai Airways International 855,970 855,970 2.20%
7 Jeju Air 1,996 790,976 792,972 2.03%
8 Air China 753,201 753,201 1.93%
9 Jin Air 117 654,555 654,672 1.68%
10 Singapore Airlines 598,304 598,304 1.54%


Incheon International airport has been the recipient of a number of awards since its opening, including:

  • In 1998, received ISO certifications in airport construction and airport services.
  • From 2002, won the Best Airport Award, according to IATA and ACI, for three consecutive years.
  • In 2002, was rated second in the Best Airport Worldwide category, according to IATA and ACI.
  • Incheon International Airport Corporation became the first in the world to receive ISO certification in airport services.
  • In 2005, won the Best Airport Worldwide 2005 award from AETRA Service Monitoring, which was jointly conducted by IATA and ACI.
  • In 2006, received the ATRS' Top Asia-Pacific Efficiency Award after achieving a residual variable factor productivity efficiency value that was 57% higher than the average of those in the region.
  • In 2006, was awarded as the world's best airport based on a passenger survey conducted by the IATA.
  • Was named Best Airport Worldwide at the first Airport Service Quality Awards.[33]
  • Received an ISO certification in the environmental category.
  • Was awarded the "Best in Service Award in Class" at the 1st International Conference on Airport Quality and Service by the IATA and the ACI.
  • Won the GT Tested Award for Best Airport in the World in January 2007.[34]
  • Named by Global Traveler (GT) as the Best Airport in the World for the second straight year in January 2008.[8]
  • Has been named World's Best Airport for 2009, in the World Airport Survey results published by Skytrax.
  • In 2010 it was ranked the second-best airport in the world by Skytrax, behind Singapore Changi Airport, based on a customer satisfaction survey.[35]
  • In 2011 it was ranked the third-best airport in the world by Skytrax, behind Hong Kong International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport.[36]
  • In 2012 it was ranked the best airport in the world by Skytrax.[37]
Year Award Category Results Ref
2009 Airport Service Quality Awards
by Airports Council International
Best Airport Worldwide Won [38]
Best Airport in Asia-Pacific Won
Best Airport by Size (25–40 million passenger) Won
2010 Best Airport Worldwide Won [39]
2011 Won [40]

Accidents and incidents

On 16 June 2011, Asiana Airlines Flight 324 operated by Airbus A321-200 HL7763 between Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, China and Incheon International Airport was fired upon by two soldiers of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps as it came in to land at Incheon. A total of 99 rounds were discharged at the aircraft, which was out of range and made a safe landing without sustaining any damage. The soldiers had misidentified the aircraft as belonging to the North Korean military, and were acting on orders that gave them permission to engage without reference to senior officers, following the Bombardment of Yeonpyeong in November 2010.[41]



Airport buses are called limousine buses, and are available outside the arrival areas on the first floor. For standard limousine buses travel to Gimpo Airport & Songjeong Station costs around 5,000 won, while the fare for most routes to downtown Seoul is 9,000 - 10,000 won. Deluxe buses are express buses with wider seats costing 7,000 won to Gimpo and 14,000 - 15,000 won to most parts of Seoul.[42]


AREX 2000 series EMU with Commuter train service

The Incheon International Airport Railroad airport express (or AREX, and styled as A'REX) station is located in the Transport Centre adjacent to the main terminal building and provides high-speed services to Gimpo Airport and Seoul. The AREX trains can travel up to 120 km/h, almost two times faster than a normal subway train.[citation needed] Passengers can choose a high-speed service stopping only at Incheon and Seoul, which takes 43 minutes between Incheon and Seoul but departs only every half-hour; or the all-station service, with a slightly longer journey time of 53 minutes but a more frequent departure timetable of every six minutes.[citation needed] Many of the stations along the AREX line provide connections to the Incheon Subway and Seoul Metropolitan Subway.


A maglev link is currently awaiting opening. The first phase will be 6.1 km long spread over six stations taking riders from the airport toward the south-west of the island where a water park will be located. It will open in July 2014. Phase 2 will be 9.7 km long extending the line to the north-west of the island. Phase 3 will add 37.4 km making the line into a circle.


The airport provides a short term parking lot for 4,000 cars and a long term parking lot for 6,000 cars. Shuttle services connect the long term parking lot to the passenger terminal and the cargo terminal. Car rental is located near the long term parking lot. Link to the main land is provided by the toll Yeongjong Bridge and an expressway. A second expressway on the Incheon Bridge connects the island with central Incheon.


Taxis have three distinct colors: white (silver or yellow, orange) and black, and orange. "Normal taxis" (일반 택시; ilban taeksi) are colored in white or yellow with a colored plastic "taxi" cap on the top of the car. "Deluxe taxis" (모범 택시; mobeom taeksi) are black in color with gold accent/stripes with a plastic yellow "taxi" cap on the roof and are more expensive than regular taxis. Also available are "International Taxis" (국제 택시; gukjae taxi) which has the phrase 'International Taxis', written on the side. International taxis are rare in Seoul. These are orange in color, as the Normal versions. International taxis service English, Japanese, and Chinese speaking drivers.


A ferry service connects Yeongjong-do to the mainland. However, the dock is located at considerable distance from the airport and an alternative means of transport must be sought upon arriving at the island to be able to get to the airport.[43]

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