Jeju to Build Second International Airport

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With more and more tourists choosing South Korea’s Jeju Island as their travel destination in East Asia, the southern resort island will build a second airport the government said Tuesday.

The new one-runway airport will be 3,200 meters long and 60 meters wide, which will allow it to handle the largest passenger jets, including the Airbus A380 super jumbo.

Studies say the current airport will reach its full capacity in 2018 and while the ministry weighed the option of expanding the current airport located on the northern part of the island, building a second airport for 4.1 trillion won (US$3.54 billion) made more sense.

“Expanding the existing airport would cost 9.4 trillion won ($8.1 billion) and pose environment challenges due to the need to reclaim land from the sea, while closing it down entirely is opposed by residents of Jeju City.”

(Branding in Asia)

 

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