Incheon Airport has selected a design by Heerim Architects and Planners for its second passenger terminal.
The decision has kicked off the third phase of the airport’s $4.1 billion expansion plan, which includes the construction of a second passenger and cargo terminal.
The new 35sqkm passenger terminal will cost $1.4 billion and will be built 2.8km north of the existing facility. Construction is due to begin in May 2013 and it will open in early 2018.
The consortium, which comprises Heerim Architects and Planners, Mooyoung Architects & Engineers and Gensler and Associates/International Ltd (US), was picked from a total of nine consortiums bidding for the design of the second terminal. The winner was also given the right to design and build a hotel and convention centre adjacent to the new terminal.
According to the Incheon International Airport Corporation, the second terminal will be a ten-minute bus journey from the existing terminal and will also be connected by an underground automated people mover.
The airport also plans to invest $2.7 billion on a new cargo and logistics terminal as part of its third phase expansion programme.
Once construction of the new terminals is complete, the gateway is expected to be able to handle 62mppa and 5.8 million tonnes of cargo.
Currently with only one terminal, Incheon International Airport handles more than 44mppa and 4.5 million tonnes of cargo, and is one of the busiest airports in the world.