Panoramic View of Incheon Airport! – Oseong Mountain Observatory deck

Some of you may have been lost or not known where to go at Incheon Airport. It is often overwhelming since the airport and its facilities are very big.

What if we told you that there is a place where you can get a panoramic view of Incheon Airport! A place where you can see not only the airport, but also a cityscape altogether! Wondering where such a place is? It’s the Oseong Mountain Observatory deck!

This post introduces some major things to check out at the Oseong Mountain Observatory deck and show the beautiful day and night views of Incheon Airport. Let’s take a closer look at the Oseong Mountain Observatory.

Panoramic view of Incheon Airport at the Oseong Mountain Observatory deck

Also known as the Incheon Airport Observatory, the Oseong Mountain Observatory deck is a must-go place where you can see the airport in its entirety. It is located at 51.5 meters above sea level in the middle of Oseong mountain, Yeongjongdo.

When you get up to the observatory, there is glass through which you can see airplanes taking off or landing every 5 minutes. In addition, you can even see New Airport city and Songdo International Business District, which are located far away!

The Oseong mountain Observatory deck was constructed in 2001 when Incheon Airport opened and it is now open for tourists. If you drive your car, it takes 10 minutes to get there from Incheon Airport’s passenger terminal. It takes about 5 minutes from the parking lot to the observation deck. If you use public transport, you can take bus #306 at gate 2B, 7A, or 13A on the third floor of Incheon Airport’s passenger terminal and get off at the Incheon Airport Observatory bus stop! It takes 25 minutes if you use public transport.

The observatory is open from 10:30 AM to 4 PM (open year-round). Make sure to double check since its hours are subject to change depending on the weather and due to COVID-19! (Contact: +82-32-751-2117)

The Oseong Mountain Observatory deck is quite small and easy to visit. There are places at the entrance of the observatory, which allows you to learn various aspects of Incheon Airport.

At a kiosk near glass windows, you can check out the construction planning status of Incheon Airport and detailed plans going forward. You can see what facilities will be built in Incheon Airport and nearby.

Another kiosk provides interactive contents about the introduction, history, present, and future of Incheon Airport. You can check out a detailed description for each category. It would be a good idea to take a look at some of the things you were curious about Incheon Airport while enjoying the beautiful view!

You can also take a photo with the beautiful airport in the background with a photo guestbook at the PR Zone and send it to your email. Before starting to travel in Korea, you may make good memories here. There are chairs here and there in the observatory so you can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Day and night at Incheon Airport as seen from the Oseong Mountain Observatory deck

At the Oseong mountain Observatory deck, you can see a great panoramic view of Incheon Airport at day and night. You can see Incheon Airport’s Terminals 1 and 2 as well as Concourse, three control towers, and runways!

One of the things to check out here is the control tower located at the middle of a long runway in Incheon Airport. With a big and tall control tower controlling the air flight system in your view, you can appreciate Incheon Airport like a big painting.

A night view of Incheon Airport is mesmerizing. Airplanes operating non-stop even at night and subtle lights lighting the huge airport as viewed from the Oseong Mountain Observatory deck may provide the best moment where you can soak yourself in a sentimental night view.

Today, we have looked at the Oseong Mountain Observatory deck in Incheon Airport. We have introduced in detail the facilities and views you can check out at the Oseong Mountain Observatory deck. When you have some minutes on your way to the airport to go back home, how about checking out the observatory and making some interesting memories?

Is there a hotel in Incheon Airport?

Have you found yourself at a loss about how to get to the airport when you have a flight early in the morning? What about when you have to stay in a hotel due to a flight delay or transfer?

It is quite costly to stay at a hotel near the airport for just a few hours. Knowing about the capsule hotel, ‘DARAKHYU’, would have made all the difference. This is one of the better stay options as it is located inside Incheon Airport and allows you to easily board your airplane after taking a rest.

The capsule hotel, DARAKHYU, was built in Incheon Airport in 2016 to accommodate overnight passengers. Walkerhill Hotels operates this hotel. DARAKHYU combined with the latest IoT technologies and traditional Korean patterns, allows you to not only make a reservation and check-in with your smartphone but also use it to control the lights and temperature of the room. It also keeps noises to the levels of a library, which is less than 40 decibels, so that you can rest quietly. Today, we are introducing the fees and information on how to book a room at the capsule hotel, DARAKHYU, in Incheon Airport!

While DARAKHYU is a capsule hotel, it is equipped with all of the necessary items and amenities. At the lounge, you can use the Internet, fax machine, photocopier, and scanner with your laptop, while independent/shared showers provide shampoo, towels, and hair dryers. In your room, there is basic furniture such as a bed and air conditioning as well as Wi-Fi and a Bluetooth speaker, so that you rest comfortably.

DARAKHYU boasts the best access to Incheon Airport. You can stay in DARAKHYU in not only Terminal 1, but also Terminal 2! However, DARAKHYU in Terminal 2 is temporarily closed from March 13 to November 30 due to COVID-19. Please be sure to check its status before visiting!

DARAKHYU receives reservations for during the day or overnight stays. Day use is between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., and you can reserve a room by 3-hour periods. Overnight ranges between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., and you can spend 12 hours at the hotel starting from check-in. There are 4 types of rooms with varying prices. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a Bluetooth speaker, Wi-Fi, and a desk.

The three ways to book a stay at DARAKHYU are via their website, phone, or on-site visit. You can choose a method that suits you best depending on your situation.

You can change or cancel your reservation without penalties up to 6:00 p.m. the day before your reservation. If you change or cancel your reservation after 6:00 p.m., the entire fee for your room reservation will be imposed.

We have taken a brief look into the capsule hotel, DARAKHYU, in Incheon Airport! There are various restaurants and cafes, such as KFC, A Twosome Place, and Doré Doré, near DARAKHYU in Terminal 1 where you can enjoy some breakfast and a cup of coffee before departing. If you have any more questions about the use of the airport, feel free to leave a comment!

South Korea’s New Deal and Changes in Incheon Airport

‘South Korea’s New Deal’, which promises to newly change the domestic economy and society, is a hot topic nowadays. It aims to strengthen employment and social safety net to support jobs based on two programs: Digital New Deal’ and Green New Deal.’

Incheon Airport is showing various changes in accord with the Digital New Deal. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Is Incheon Airport developing “big data platform”?

SOC digitalization, one of the policies of the Digital New Deal, aims to digitize infrastructure such as roads, railways, ports, and airports with new digital technologies such as data, network, and artificial intelligence (AI) and build an efficient operating network.

Incheon Airport is recently focusing on developing its big data platform’ and expanding digital infrastructure. A big data model optimized for Incheon Airport will be developed and used for the airport’s operations sometime in the second half of next year by collecting and combining data related to the airport’s operations and updating the data analytics system.

Once the big data platform is applied to Incheon Airport, it can improve passenger departure and arrival flows and traffic management systems, advance passenger prediction systems based on machine learning, and thereby enable more efficient airport operations. The data collected during the building of the platform will be also made public. Incheon Airport will surely contribute to Korea’s big data industry and smart services, right?

Autonomous driving AI robots in Incheon Airport

In addition to big data, Incheon Airport is putting a lot of efforts to provide smarter airport services through AI technology. Incheon Airport’s AI guide robot ‘AIRSTAR’ has been in operation since 2018, and Incheon Airport is introducing various line-up robots and taking its passenger services to the next level.

For starters, let’s talk about the autonomous driving electric car ‘Air Ride,’ which is being piloted in Incheon Airport’s Departures Hall in Terminal 2 and Arrivals Hall in Terminal 1.

Curious about how you can use Air Ride? All you have to do is to select your flight or gate on the touch screen! It is based on AI autonomous driving, in which you do not need to get your hands on the steering wheel, and can get you to your destination within 3 to 4 minutes. It also can drive through various obstacles, so isn’t it smart? While it may be of service for ordinary people, it will be greatly helpful for priority passengers with mobility impairment! It is quite spacious so you can move around comfortably!

There is also the autonomous driving cart robot Air Porter’, which was introduced along with Air Ride. Its design looks like an AI robot in the film Star Wars! Currently, six Air Porters serve Incheon Airport’s Terminals 1 and 2 as well as the Concourse and Duty-Free Zone, automatically carrying luggage for passengers.

Air Porters can be used in cruise mode’, where they follow humans, and autonomous driving mode,’ where they guide passengers when the destination is entered. It can carry two carry-on baggage and speaks four languages with various facial expressions. Air Porters will certainly help you to move around in the airport more easily and pleasantly!

So far, we have looked at South Korea’s New Deal, especially how Incheon Airport is applying cutting-edge technologies to its operations in line with the Digital New Deal. Incheon Airport will make every effort with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for the success of the Digital New Deal so that visitors and passengers can enjoy advanced and convenient digital infrastructure at Incheon Airport!

Incheon Airport Economic Zone, A Game Changer in the Post-COVID-19 Era

The criteria for evaluating airports are changing. While in the past, connectivity as in “how many cities an airport can serve” and importance as a transport hub were valued, the role of airports is recently being defined more comprehensively as an economic hub with tourism value and job creation and disease control and prevention hub safe from COVID-19.

Accordingly, ‘airport economic zones’ are emerging as new game changers to further increase the value of airports. An airport economic zone refers to an economic ecosystem around the airport with airport infrastructure and surrounding business environments. At a time when the airport industry faces a crisis due to the impact of COVID-19, not just airports but airport-related industries need a model to overcome COVID-19.

Since establishing an airport economic zone by promoting airport-related industries would boost the entire airport ecosystem, relevant discussions have been continuing to take place.

What will the future of Airport Economic Zone look like?

The Incheon Airport Economic Zone Committee was launched in July to promote the Incheon Airport Economic Zone. Read on to find out more about the two projects in the Incheon Airport Economic Zone announced by the committee and look at what specific plans are in place for its future.

(1) Safe & Clean Airport Cluster

Incheon Airport has garnered attention and trust around the world with its disease control and prevention know-how with smart tech. Incheon Airport is painting a big picture as it declared Yeongjong Island as the world’s first safety island by establishing a global medical tourism park with medical centers and care facilities in Yeongjong Island. If a biotech industrial park is also built in Songdo with healthcare companies and research centers, it will make safe and clean cluster around Incheon Airport, won’t it?

(2) Stay Over Tourism Cluster

What if Incheon Airport itself becomes a tourism destination? What if enough tourism content is provided as a stay-over tourism destination? The second project is to create a stay over tourism cluster. By constructing resorts and landmarks which Incheon Airport visitors can enjoy easily, it plans to make the surrounding areas of the airport a differentiated tourism destination.

In particular, many people want safe and clean tourism resources since COVID-19 began. If various tourism attractions, which allow you to travel safely despite COVID-19, are prepared in Incheon Airport and its surrounding areas, it is expected to effectively attract potential demand among foreigners.

Crisis is opportunity to innovate! Incheon Airport is trying to become a game changer who leads new growth despite COVID-19. It will work hard to establish an airport-centered industrial ecosystem based on collaboration and solidarity with various stakeholders. We are looking forward to your interest and support for the Airport Economic Zone!

COVID-19 and Today’s International Airports

COVID-19 has changed the flight industry upside down. We were excited as we just thought about traveling overseas but now it feels scary to go abroad for the concern of infectious disease; the airports that were once crowded with travelers are now empty with silence — how do airports around the world respond to the unprecedented crisis?

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Invests in Future Transportation

Source: HARDT (www.hardt.global)

Despite the crisis in the flight industry, the Schiphol Airport located in Amsterdam, Netherlands is investing in future technology for innovation and sustainability. What is the future technology in which the Schiphol Airport is investing?

It is the hyperloop system, a future transportation. The hyperloop train is an ultrahigh-speed train based on magnetic levitation that runs through an air-removed, pressurized capsule. Its speed can reach up to 1,200 km per hour because of the low air and railway resistance. The advantages of the hyperloop system are high capacity, low energy consumption, and high speed. It can even run from Amsterdam to Paris in only 90 minutes!

The Schiphol Airport has plans to substitute short-haul flights with hyperloop and more concentrate on the smooth operation of long-haul flights!

Frankfurt Airport in Germany Focuses on Using Renewable Energy

Source: Fraport (www.fraport.com)

Fraport, the operator of the Frankfurt Airport in Germany, is also making efforts despite the COVID-19 crisis. Using renewable energy for preventing climate change is the area in which the Frankfurt Airport is endeavoring.

Frankfurt Airport has plans to use renewable energy for the most part of energy consumption at the airport by 2030. If this plan is realized, the volume of carbon dioxide emission will be dramatically reduced from 170,000 tons a year to 80,000 tons a year.

Wind power generation will be the main generator of electricity. Also, the airport itself is making efforts to produce electricity through the solar photovoltaic power system, which will generate over 1.5 million kWh per year. With 1.5 million kWh, you can supply 450 four-person households per year. Enormous volume, right?

Incheon Airport Introduces Smart IT Disinfection Service

Incheon Airport is showing outstanding achievement in the area of disinfection. It has completed a carefully controled disinfection system under the slogan of “COVID-19 Free Airport” from the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, and it is stepping forward to settle the Smart Disinfection Service.

First, the Incheon Airport preemptively established the three-step temperature check and the separation of entrants’ traffic. As for the passengers who leave the airport, they should have their temperature checked in three steps: entering the terminal → on the departure floor → at the boarding gate. As for the passengers who arrive at the airport, a parking ramp was assigned for each flight and the passengers were guided to the exclusive arrivals hall in order to separate the traffic of the entrants to prevent the spread of the infectious disease. This excellent disinfection system of the Incheon Airport earned the Airport Health Accreditation from the Airports Council International (ACI), first as an airport in the Asia-Pacific region, and was globally acknowledged.

The Incheon Airport has attracted global attention through its Smart Disinfection System, which combines disinfection with IT technology. The representative service is the fever check service using robots and kiosks. When the robot detects the fever, it shows the designated screening centers nearby and the contact address of the airlines and let the traveler know what process he or she should follow. The kiosk checks the body temperature of up to 30 visitors passing by and produces a beeping sound when it detects a fever. Besides, the Incheon Airport will extend its smart disinfection service by introducing automatic robots to detect whether the passengers are wearing a face mask and developing optimized AI disinfection robots for the Incheon Airport.

What do you think about the efforts made by the international airports after COVID-19? We have witnessed that each airport is responding to the crisis in different ways — investing in future transportation, trying to use more renewable energy, and focusing on disinfection. They are all different, but all airports around the world hope the same that the COVID-19 crisis will be over as soon as possible and they could be full of travelers with a tremor of excitement.

Incheon Airport wins Grand Prize for Sustainable Management

On October 27, Incheon Airport was awarded Grand Prize for Sustainable Management at the 2020 Global Standard Management Awards!

It is quite meaningful that it was recognized as a leader in sustainable management despite difficult circumstances due to COVID-19. How did Incheon Airport win this award? Let’s find out!

What award did Incheon Airport win?

The Global Standard Management Awards, sponsored by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and hosted by Korea Management Registrar (KMR), selects outperforming Korean companies in 12 management categories, including Sustainable Management and Innovative Management.

Grand Prize in Sustainable Management, which was awarded to Incheon Airport, is given to a company or organization that establishes and practices balanced management strategies between economy, environment, and society and achieves sustainable growth.

In this category, Incheon Airport won Grand Prize for Best Report with its sustainability report, which can serve as an example for good quality and effective communication.

Aren’t you wondering what report it is? It is Incheon Airport’s social value report Connecting with Incheon Airport and People.

Taking 1st place with Incheon Airport’s CSR Report, [ With, the Initiatives for Our better ]

Incheon Airport has been publishing its sustainability report since 2007 to share Incheon Airport’s sustainable management activities and performance.

Starting in 2018, Incheon Airport retitled its sustainability report as corporate social responsibility report, clearly showing Incheon Airport’s commitment to social values and its corporate social responsibility (CSR).

In this award ceremony, Incheon Airport’s CSR Report, [With, The Initiatives for Our Better Future] scored the highest in importance, understandability, and reliability, claiming 1st place among other 89 candidates.

In particular, it was highly evaluated for reflecting compliance with 21 standards required at the advanced level of the UN Global Compact, one of the international sustainable management reporting guidelines, and being easy-to-understand for readers!

It is significant since the social value and sustainable management which Incheon Airport is seeking are recognized in accordance with global standards!

The airport industry grows or declines depending on how an airport is operated, since it is closely connected with passengers, partners, and local communities due to the nature of business. This is why an airport operator establishes the foundation for co-existence and develops activities such as shared growth and social contributions is important in not only creating social value but also ensuring business sustainability.

Incheon Airport is creating various social values from jobs to shared growth with partners, human right issues, and local economies. In all of its management activities, the airport is working hard to deliver not only economic performance but also social performance contributing to the public, and this report is a product of its efforts.

It is also worth noting that the airport pursues active communication with readers. Incheon Airport’s CSR Report was prepared as a web report for the first time by any public corporation and is actively receiving feedback through an online reader feedback channel. You can see Incheon Airport’s efforts to not only create social value but also share and communicate its outcomes, right? 😊

Incheon Airport will continue to take the lead for a world where everyone is happy together. If you want to know more about Incheon Airport, which is creating social value through constant innovation and transparent communication, click to read Incheon Airport’s CSR Report!

Tech platform for SMEs! – Incheon Airport Tech Market

Incheon Airport, which has been recognized internationally for its state-of-the-art facilities and high-level technologies, is actively engaging in tech sharing. It shares its technological information with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them develop. Incheon Airport is making not one-off but continued efforts to create a virtuous cycle! It is happening in the tech sharing platform Incheon Airport Tech Market!

This post will introduce this platform, which shares new tech with SMEs in the aviation industry. Let’s take a look at what specific services are provided and technologies are shared!

Let’s start with what Incheon Airport Tech Market is and see how it began.

What is Incheon Airport Tech Market?

SMEs in Korea are the backbone of the economy, which accounts for 99% of the companies and 88% of the hiring. Due to higher entry barriers to the public works market, however, it is true that it’s hard for even SMEs with tech capabilities to survive on their own. In light of this, Incheon Airport built its tech sharing platform Incheon Airport Tech Market to tear down such barriers and provide more opportunities to SMEs.

The open platform Incheon Airport Tech Market establishes infrastructure based on the cloud, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI). Furthermore, it has user-friendly internal/external portal interface. Incheon Airport provides opportunities to SMEs and shares and collaborates new tech with them, so don’t you think it will further improve productivity in the aviation sector? Such collaboration can lead to not only more profits and inclusive growth for SMEs but also greater operational efficiency, better services, and more jobs! Considering the ripple effect of localizing key aviation tech and equipment on the economy, its impact will be huge, won’t it?

What services does Incheon Airport Tech Market provide?

Incheon Airport Tech Market provides 5 services. SMEs propose tech and R&D to Incheon Airport and promote them through portal interface. It is also reliable that the iTRS model and interface are provided to ensure a transparent procedure in proposing new tech.

(1) Tech proposal

Tech proposal means allowing SMEs to freely propose their outstanding tech and R&D related to the airport. Incheon Airport conducts review and evaluation related to the introduction of tech and then applies it to airport operations. Such applied tech is registered in Incheon Airport Tech Market and can be accumulated continuously.

(2) Tech contest

Incheon Airport holds on its portal contests for tech and R&D deemed necessary. Such contests allow SMEs with applicable tech to directly participate and apply it to airport operations. Currently, contests are held in various areas such as R&D in baggage smart disease prevention system, localization for baggage trays, and development for smart safety management system. As smarter automation is required along with advances in tech, it will be worth expecting more from Incheon Airport!

(3) Tech promotion

In addition, SMEs also request Incheon Airport to promote their tech. As any SME can make such requests in Incheon Airport Tech Market, many SMEs are participating.

(4) SME F.A.S.T

What is important might be support for continuous R&D. Incheon Airport is providing support through SME FAST so that SMEs can be self-reliant. SME FAST refers to a program that provides support for SMEs’ biggest obstacles: finance, application, supporting a market, and training.

It covers loans, jobs, overseas export programs, and productivity training. These active efforts will certainly lead to a higher level of tech development in aviation, right?

(5) Aviation tech trends

Data analytics is being conducted actively in key aviation tech. Incheon Airport Tech Market analyzes keywords in the aviation industry, shares cluster analytics data, and provides information about aviation tech trends. SMEs can see evolving tech in aviation through this platform and get the chance to participate in tech contests and promotions!

What technologies you can see in Incheon Airport Tech Market?

Let’s take a look at what technologies are promoted and used with Incheon Airport’s certification.

SMEs promote their key technologies in Incheon Airport Tech Market, such as CCTV solutions and AI illegal parking detection systems. As seen from the photos, various technologies are shared across different areas. Many companies using Incheon Airport Tech Market can check out each other’s tech and apply them to aviation!

Furthermore, Incheon Airport Tech Market showcases various new tech certified by Incheon Airport. It’s very easy and accessible for not only SMEs but also other various stakeholders to see new tech via this platform. They can check out all the certified tech and come up with better ideas.

We have looked at Incheon Airport Tech Market, which helps SMEs to develop their tech. Isn’t the future of the aviation sector getting brighter thanks to Incheon Airport Tech Market, which reduces market entry barriers for SME and helps them to share tech efficiently?