A Steppingstone to Business Growth! ‘Grow together with Incheon Airport’

Incheon Airport operates various kinds of social contribution activities to create a society where we are all well-off together.

Among them, the ‘Grow together with Incheon Airport’ Campaign which aims to promote *social economic organizations with the returned rent income achieved from the arrivals duty-free shops, is a campaign that supports the growth of organizations that contribute to resolving social problems and also helps achieve sustainable management growth.

It is an organization that proceeds economic activities based on mutual cooperation with social enterprises, cooperatives, non-profit organizations, to create mutual benefits and enhance social values.

In May 2019, Incheon Airport was able to raise a supporting fund for growth through campaigns. In January of this year, Incheon Airport has selected 25 remarkable social economic organizations that create social values and has held an opening ceremony.

Social economic organizations participating in the ‘Grow together with Incheon Airport’ have been selected for two sectors: ‘Overseas market entrance assistance,’ and ‘Financial assistance to remarkable companies.’ Let’s find out which companies will go together with Incheon Airport!

Supporting Success Overseas! ‘Overseas Market Entrance Assistance’

First of all, overseas market entrance assistance has been arranged in order to promote exports of social economic organizations to strengthen global competitiveness, which will lead to the extension of social values.

For the overseas market entrance assistance, a contest was held for social economic organizations that have been incorporated for more than 3 years and anticipate overseas expansion or are already expanding abroad. 12 companies were selected in this sector, composed of companies selling bags and accessories, character figures, eco-friendly uniforms, safety helmets for disasters, women’s hygiene products, and so on.

Incheon Airport will be very supportive to companies that expand their business to overseas markets, and business development expenditures will be provided for a total of 10 months to promote their entrance to overseas markets.

This is not only limited to financial assistance, but it also includes overall business consulting and basic training upon exports will be provided. There will be a one-stop support upon building networks with export professionals, field investigation support, and online and offline market entrance assistance, so participating companies can be well prepared!

‘Financial Assistance to Remarkable Companies’ to Scale-up

The financial assistance to remarkable companies is designed to help social economic organizations with remarkable growth engines during their growth phase.

Likewise, the selection of financial assistance to remarkable companies was based on the social economic organizations that have been incorporated for more than 3 years (closing date basis). And 13 finalists have been selected as part of the financial assistance to remarkable companies, including companies of traveling service, art and cultural performances, improvement of residential environment business, recycling consulting, and so on.

Companies selected in this sector will be provided with financial assistance and furthermore will be given a growth assistance for strengthening business capabilities.

This is not only limited to business loans, but it also provides 1:1 business consulting, workshops for performance management, and networking with investment institutions. Especially for companies that have faithfully completed the repayment before overpassing the accumulated overdue date of 30 days, 10% incentives will be provided, so participating companies will be able to have a reliable accompany.

If we take a look at the selected companies of the ‘Grow Together with Incheon Airport’ business, their location varies from Seoul to Gyeongsangnam-do, Jeollabuk-do, and so on. Incheon Airport prioritized regional arrangements in order to allow the growth of social economic organizations to promote the regional economy and enhance job creation. A very meaningful purpose, isn’t it?

Incheon Airport will select companies in various fields such as traveling, culture, art, manufacture, etc., so that it will be able to develop cooperative projects connected to the airport’s services. We will embrace and lead the accompanied growth of public corporations along with social economic organizations.

Incheon Airport plans to promote up to 200 social economic organizations by 2022, which aims to create a partnership growth ecosystem that may tackle social issues. Please look forward to the accompanied progress of Incheon Airport and various social companies!

Four ways to get to downtown Seoul from Incheon International Airport

The first thing people who enjoy traveling freely check out when planning their local schedules is probably the way to get to downtown from the airport.

It’s natural to be cautious when you don’t know the local situation well. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to leave without any distractions and anxiety?

So, we have prepared for it! Four ways to get to downtown Seoul from Incheon International Airport.

1. Taxi

When you have a lot of luggage, when you’re short on time, when you can’t even think of getting to your destination! Taxi is the fastest and most convenient way to go. As long as you know the address, you can get right to the front door of your destination.

If you come out of the Incheon International Airport terminal and arrive at the taxi stop, you can see various types of taxis. The taxis you see at Incheon International Airport are divided into mainly four types: regular taxi, luxury taxi, large taxi, and international taxi.

Let’s have a quick look into the characteristics of each type of taxi and their fares. For your information, it takes 60 to 80 minutes to get from the airport to downtown. Please also note that the average fare below may vary depending on road conditions!

Terminal1

Terminal2

International taxis can be requested at the airport information desk, but you can also book them in advance. You can even apply for pick-up service, so please visit the website for more information!

2. Airport Bus

If you are looking for cheaper transportation than a taxi, the airport bus is a good choice.

 

The airport buses travel around Seoul and stop frequently at major hotels and neighborhoods, so they have a good accessibility.

It depends on the traffic situation and destination, but on average, it takes about 60 to 80 minutes to get downtown. Fares vary from 5,000 won to 15,000 won depending on the destination.

□ Bus ticket offices and stops

Terminal 1

Terminal 2

Exit 4 and 9 in Arrival Hall Floor 1 (indoors) or offices next to Exit 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, and 9C (outdoors).

Transit Center, Bus terminal (B1)

Tickets can be purchased at the designated ticket counter outside the terminal. You can buy it with cash, credit card, or T-money transportation card. The ticket you purchase has the bus number and gate number on it, so you can board without any trouble. Check out the detailed bus routes and the exact fare on the link below!

3. Airport Railroad

The Airport Railroad (AREX) is a railway that connects Incheon International Airport and downtown Seoul. The biggest advantage is that the price is the cheapest and you can get to your destination without worrying about traffic conditions. There are two types of airport trains: the express train and the all-stop train, and if you take the express train, you can get to Seoul Station in 45 minutes. If you are a passenger going to Hongik Univ. Station or Seoul Station, we recommend you take the express train!

 Express Train

The express train running without a stop can go to Seoul Station in about 40-50 minutes. The fare is cheaper than other transportation, costing about 9,000 won for adults and 7,000 won for children.

Tickets can be purchased at the Customer Information Center on the B1 floor of each terminal.

Due to COVID-19, direct trains will be suspended for three months from April 1, so please be aware that they will not be available in the meantime.

 All Stop Train

The all-stop train is connected to the subway, so it is convenient to go to various stations in Seoul from Incheon International Airport. You can take the all-stop train with a T-money transportation card, or a one-time ticket, so it’s the most useful way for customers who are planning to use public transportation during their trip. Tickets can be purchased at the ticketing machine or customer information center near the airport railway boarding area!

It takes about 60 minutes to get to Seoul Station, and the fare is up to 4,750 won, which is the cheapest way to get to downtown Seoul.

4. Late-night Bus

Are you worried about arriving at dawn..? Here’s a reason why you could enter the city even at dawn! Late-night buses are in circulation.

 

The fare is 9,000 won for adults and 7,500 won for children, and only 5,000 won for adults and 4,000 won for children if you go to Songjeong Station. It takes an average of 70 minutes to get to Seoul Station, so it’ll be convenient to get to downtown, right? J Check out the link below for detailed routes and schedules!

□ Bus ticket offices and stops

Terminal 1

Terminal 2

So far, we have introduced various transportation services from Incheon International Airport to downtown Seoul.

 

Don’t forget to visit the relevant site in advance because the schedule can change frequently depending on each transportation’s characteristics!

 

Starting with the comfortable journey to Seoul, we hope you have a happy trip!

There is an ‘Aircraft Boneyards’?

Did you know that aircrafts also have a lifespan?

It is said that the life span of aircrafts strongly designed for safety is close to 100 years. But they don’t usually operate for more than 30 years. This is because the older the model, the greater the risk of defects and the higher the cost of repairs, so the efficiency decreases. It’s common to replace an airplane in 20 to 40 years.

The aircrafts that served out their purpose will stay in a ‘third place’ rather than an airport or an airline hangar. We would like to talk about the behind story in this posting!

The place where 4,400 aircrafts went to sleep

Let’s take a closer look at the picture above.

Different kinds of aircrafts are gathered in one place. Even from satellite imagery, it’s easy to find out that there are a lot of huge aircrafts here.

It’s not an airport full of planes, it’s not an air force base for military aircrafts, it’s the ‘Aircraft Boneyards’, in Tucson, a city in Arizona, U.S..

It is also well-known for being managed by the ‘Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG)’ under the Air Force Material Command. Since there are more than 4,400 managed aircrafts and 13 spacecrafts, it could be regarded as a huge depository in nature.

Why do aircrafts gather at Tucson?

The Tucson area of Arizona, known as ‘land of desert and cactus’, has a high altitude of 780 to 880 meters and a solid alkaline soil. It’s also a place where it rarely rains all year round, with an average annual rainfall of only 300 millimeters.

Because of these regional characteristics, Tucson has become the eligible place to store aircrafts.

The important thing about storing airplanes is preventing corrosion. Thanks to dryness of desert region, Tucson is the best place to store aircrafts rust-free.

In addition to the Tucson area, there are various aircraft boneyards in the United States, including Logistics Airport in southern California (Google Map), Mohave Space Airport (Google Map), and Pinal Airpark (Google Map).

The Tucson aircraft boneyards is drawing attention because of its overwhelming scale. How big is this spectacular place with thousands of planes?

The place is so vast that it’s hard to tell with the naked eye. It is said to be as large as 1,400 soccer fields.

This is why it can store all kinds of aircraft, from various transport planes to bombers and fighter jets.

It's more like a ‘storage’ than a boneyard

The ‘AMARG Aircraft Boneyards’ was originally an air force base established by the U.S. military right after the end of World War II. It’s already been 75 years since it first settled here in 1946, so it must have been reborn as a historic place in the aviation and military industries.

This facility is divided into 4 areas, as shown below.

1) Area where stored aircraft are kept for immediate flight

2) Area where aircraft are kept for use after long-term storage

3) Area where aircrafts are dismantled and parts are utilized.

4) Area that sells part or all of aircraft

In other words, the facility stores aircrafts that were retired, but it also maintains and repairs them so they can be used again, and it dismantle them and find new parts that can be used internally.

In fact, there are dozens of tons of aluminum coming from a single aircraft, so it could be widely recycled, right?

Surprisingly, about 70% of the planes stored here are in a state of being able to return to active service after maintenance and repair. In fact, there are many retired aircraft to prevent defects rather than to come at the end of their lifespan, so if you replace the main parts with new ones, you can put them back in and operate them.

For your information, AMARG is a controlled area and cannot be entered without permission. But it’s possible to visit with a bus tour at the ‘Pima Air & Space Museum’, which is located nearby. The Pima Museum, the largest aerospace museum in the world, attracts more than 150,000 visitors every year. Since it is a military facility, it requires photo ID cards for all tourists over the age of 16!

Then, where do Korean aircrafts go? Unfortunately, there is no dry and spacious space to store aircrafts, so they are often donated to educational institutions or museums or sold to foreign airlines.

It’s a museum that stores various kinds of retired airplanes, and it’s also a laboratory-like place that draws new life from old aircrafts!

So far, we have looked through the world’s largest ‘aircraft boneyards.’

Next time, we will come be back with more interesting aviation common knowledge!

What if you suddenly need a copy of the resident registration or an ID photo before you leave the country?

“I forgot my ID, so I need a copy of my resident registration!”

“I need to get an emergency passport, but what about the ID photo?”

Oops! The most unpleasant moment at the airport has come true. If you lose your passport or ID right before you leave the country, your mind might go blank. Of course, you can handle it calmly with ways such as issuing emergency passports or ID replacement documents. But what about the photos or the resident registration copy that you need for this? Since the boarding time is approaching, you can’t run to the remote community center and photo studio.

If you search on a portal site, you will find that there are so many tourists who actually go through this situation. If you are at Incheon International Airport now, you don’t have to panic at all! At Incheon International Airport, there are certificate issuing machines that can issue various documents needed for departure immediately and instant photo booth.

However, it can be difficult to find certificate issuing machines and instant photo booth at Incheon International Airport. So, please pay attention to this posting that informs you the location and how to use step by step. Then, let’s take a look at these tips for easy use of the Incheon International Airport certificate issuing machines and instant photo booth!

My own community center in the airport! Incheon International Airport certificate issuing machines

First, let’s look at the location which is the most important, shall we? The certificate issuing machines, which provides convenient issuance of various documents, is equipped in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. It is located near Check-In Counter F on 3F, Terminal 1 and inside the One-stop Public Service Business Center, Center of the Floor 2, Terminal 2.

[Terminal 1 certificate issuing machine location and operation information]

[Terminal 2 certificate issuing machine location and operation information]

Ta-da! You found the certificate issuing machine following the directions on the map. All unmanned civil service machines in Terminal 1 and 2 are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends, so please refer to them!

Once you have reached the machine, please tap on the document you would like to issue!

Resident registration / Family relation register / Certificate of taxation by tax item of the local tax/ National tax certificate / Vehicle / Agricultural support department, Agricultural management body / Health and Welfare / Record of land registration, Land, Architecture / Military certificate / Education certificate / Fishing boat ledger / Health insurance

You can print out 12 fields of documents in total.

You may follow the kind instructions of the issuing machine. If you follow the fingerprint recognition procedure and pay…

Even if you don’t visit a community center far from the airport, you can easily issue a certificate. There may be a long queue in front of the certificate issuing machine, so it would be better to check the departure time carefully and go there in advance, right? Even if you forget the necessary documents, don’t panic, and please visit the Incheon International Airport certificate issuing machine!

Easy photo shoot by yourself! Incheon International Airport Instant Photo Booth

There are many cases that requires ID photo such as applying for an emergency passport or issuing a visa from overseas. Incheon International Airport has not only a certificate issuing machine but also an instant photo booth. It is located near Check-In Counter F & G on 3F, Terminal 1, and inside the One-stop Public Service Business Center, Center of the Floor 2, Terminal 2

[Terminal 1 Instant Photo Booth location and operation information]

[Terminal 2 Instant Photo Booth location and operation information]

The instant photo booth is designed to allow you to sit on a chair and easily take one-person shots by yourself. In Terminal 1 can be used 24 hours a day, but the instant photo booth at Terminal 2 runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., so please keep this in mind!

It’s very simple to use. First, please choose the type of ID picture you want! You can print pictures for various purposes such as passport, 3×4 photo, general certificate, business card, visa, etc.

If you follow the instructions and finish taking a photo you will see the picture right away. It is really easy, isn’t it? Another tip is to adjust the height of the chair to the eye level of the screen, stretch your back, and position your face in the circle of the screen! Then you can have your photo taken as pretty as a regular photo studio.

So far, we have looked at the use of unmanned civil service machines and instant photo shooters, and Incheon International Airport is working hard to provide safe and convenient flawless airport services. In fact, for the first time in the world, Incheon International Airport recently achieved the highest rating of customer experience in Customer Experience Accreditation introduced by the Airports Council International (ACI). Incheon International Airport will continue to make efforts to provide the best airport service 🙂

Incheon International Airport breaks through COVID-19 Crisis with ‘Emergency Operations’!

In the moment of crisis, our bodies feel nervous and shrink.

This is a natural process to respond quickly to threats and keep them safe. The airport’s effort to respond to the COVID-19 crisis is no exception.

△ Termination of Terminal 3 of Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris

△ Termination of Terminal 2 of Singapore Changi Airport

△ Termination of Terminal 3 and 4 of London Heathrow

△Termination of Terminal 2 of Abudabi Airport

Currently, as major airports around the world are operating with reduced airport functions in response to the spread of COVID-19, Incheon International Airport has recently started an emergency operation system as part of its response to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Let’s take a closer look at what kind of measures Incheon Airport is taking to overcome this crisis!

Incheon Airport started 'Phase 1 of emergency operation’

Incheon International Airport has established a three-phase emergency operation plan since it declared an emergency management system on March 26 to effectively cope with the decrease in passengers caused by COVID-19.

As the number of airport passengers decreased due to the influence of COVID-19, the phase 1 of emergency operation was recently carried out under the ‘reduction of functions of airport’s basic facilities.’ Accordingly, major airport facilities such as departure hall, check-in counters, parking ramps, baggage handling facilities, and shuttle trains have started the ‘partial operation.’

Coming up with follow-up measures to the partial operation of the airport!

“If airport operations are reduced, doesn’t it increase passenger inconvenience?”

 

No, the airport is trying to minimize passenger inconvenience by coming up with follow-up measures such as strengthening passenger guidance based on partial operation.

Meanwhile, by investing related manpower and resources in improving old facilities, expanding safety inspections, and strengthening professional education, Incheon Airport is actively utilizing the current COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity for the future, not a stagnant period.

All-round support to the airport industry ecosystem

Incheon Airport also thoroughly inspects and implements all-round support measures to secure competitiveness in the airport industry ecosystem.

The rent of airport commercial facilities such as duty-free shops, food and beverage stores, and transportation operators, as well as private business operators such as in-flight meals and hotels will be reduced by 20 percent to 50 percent for up to six months.

 

In particular, Incheon International Airport is making efforts for co-existence by drastically expanding the standard of rent reduction from 25 percent to 50 percent for small and medium-sized businesses and small business owners. In addition, mid-sized and large businesses that are shaken by the aftermath of COVID-19 receive 20% reduction as new subjects of rent reduction.

 

In addition, airline stopping fees will be 100% exempted for 3 months, and landing fees will be reduced by 20% for 2 months. In the case of ground operators, the range of reduction of the mooring fee will be expanded from 20% for the previous 3 months to 100% exemption for 3 months, and the rent for refueling facilities will be reduced by 20% for 6 months.

In addition, Incheon Airport has expanded the amount of reduction in usage fees from 25.4 billion won to 181 billion won, which is the largest ever, and suspended payment of 398 billion won of usage fees of airlines and commercial facilities for three to six months to provide liquidity to businesses suffering from cash flow problems.

Although the ecosystem of the Korean airport industry, including Incheon International Airport, has faced an unprecedented crisis, as the gateway to the Republic of Korea and the forefront of national quarantine, Incheon International Airport will wisely overcome the crisis caused by COVID-19 through emergency airport operation.