Incheon Airport has been busy getting through the first peak summer season since the pandemic was downgraded to an endemic. This past July 10th, pre-registration for the ‘Smart Pass’ service began 🙌, significantly cutting down waiting time for travelers. Now passengers can leave the country quickly and easily via facial recognition, without having to take out their passports and boarding passes!
Many people have been visiting the airport, with the average number of daily passengers expected to soon hit 170,000! 🙋🤭 This is an increase of 182.8% compared to the average number of daily passengers during the peak summer season last year. Incheon Airport has been making various efforts during this summer to improve the travel industry, including holding special performances and exhibitions for passengers and helping to build better infrastructure for air logistics.✨ We’ll fill you in on the major stories from this past month of July through our Monthly Headlines at a Glance! 👀
📍 Daily passengers at Incheon Airport for summer expected to reach 170,000!
📍 7.7.7 PARTY concert held to celebrate summer vacation season
📍Joint marketing project launched to increase air cargo volume in Japan
📍 Media and Digital Art Exhibition <In Sync> opens
📍 Special exhibition “Artists Who Left to the Ends of the Earth” opens
Daily passengers at Incheon Airport for summer expected to reach 170,000!
Since the COVID19 pandemic became deemed an endemic, aviation demand has been making a rapid recovery, with the average number of daily passengers once having been at 60,000 now expected to soon hit 170,000! With the number of visitors increasing, there have been measures taken to better handle the congestion to reduce any inconvenience for our passengers.😊 Such measures include expanding the departure hall, increasing security checkpoints, earlier hours for check-in counters, adding additional information guides (about 190 additional workers), and extending hours for convenience facilities (including establishing 24 hour vendors). 🕰
In addition to the existing 40,000 regular parking lot stalls, space for an additional 7,000 temporary stalls have been secured to minimize any discomfort for those who drive to the airport. 🚗 With that said, we do recommend that you use public transportation 🚃 if possible as the parking lots have been experiencing some congestion.
7.7.7 PARTY concert held to celebrate summer vacation season
When it comes to the summer vacation season, there’s one event you don’t want to miss! It’s Incheon Airport’s themed concert, “7.7.7 PARTY”🍃. It’s a synthpop and electropop concert 🎤 held on July 7th at 7 PM for travelers visiting during the evening, hence its name. Synthpop and electropop is a branch of electronic music that was especially popular in the 70’s and 80’s, heavily based on an instrument called the synthesizer. The band Glencheck was the main act and performed for about 40 minutes. With the MZ generation going through a retro craze, we wanted to deliver a different type of joy in the form of synthpop and electropop to our younger travelers. To add to the summer travel vibes, the area surrounding the concert stage was decorated to be like a camping ground. ⛺ With so much to offer, we hope you arrive a little early to enjoy all the artistic and cultural events going on at Incheon Airport.
Joint marketing project with Jeju Air launched to increase air cargo volume in Japan
From July 6-7th, a joint briefing session aimed at increasing air cargo volume in Japan was held for Japanese logistics officials, in partnership with Jeju Air in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. 🇯🇵 At the briefing session, we had an opportunity to introduce Incheon Airport’s logistics infrastructure and cargo route network, which has been ranked second in the world for two consecutive years (2021-2022). 💁♀️
Amid growing interest and demand for battery air transport in Japan due to the Japanese government’s recent policy supporting electric vehicle batteries, local officials have shown much interest in Incheon Airport being the first to receive the International Air Transport Association (IATA) lithium battery air transport quality certification. Jeju Air introduced its strengths and plans for the air cargo sector, including the introduction of its No. 1 cargo plane, the current status of cargo route operations, and plans to introduce its No. 2 cargo plane 🛩 in the future. Following a briefing session held in Vietnam this past June, this recent briefing session is expected to have a synergy effect and play a positive role in increasing transshipment demand 🛳 along the Southeast Asia-Incheon-Japan route in the future.
Back to the Sky! Media and digital art exhibition <In Sync> opens in airport
Incheon Airport is working hard to become a culture and arts airport! For the first time this year, the ICN Culture and Arts Weeks will take place from August 8th to September 17th to showcase various cultural and artistic contents 🎭 at the airport. For about four months from July 20th to October 22nd, a media & digital art special exhibition called <In Sync> will be held at the departure hall of Incheon Airport. “In Sync” is a phrase that emphasizes the meaning of “harmonization, connection, and understanding of relationships”, and 11 teams of participating artists will present a total of 11 works.
These media art works were produced using various cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), games, and data visualization to stimulate all five senses for exhibition-goers. Also, during the exhibition period, a total of four docent tours will be held for overseas travelers and the general public. So please apply through the website when signs-ups start in August! 💞
A treat from far away. Special exhibition “Artists Who Left to the Ends of the Earth” opens
Following the aforementioned exhibition, another exhibition has also opened, featuring special stories of artists who have been to the ends of the earth! From July 26th to November 30th, the exhibition space in Incheon Airport’s Passenger Terminal 2 will showcase an exhibition under the theme of “Artists Who Left to the ends of the Earth”. From <Departure from North Pole/South Pole → Arrival at Incheon Airport>, you can see seven installation art and media artworks inspired by trips that 7 artists took to visit the poles at the ends of the Earth. 🎉 Each work contains bits of the journey the artists took on the Ara-on to visit the polar regions and return home to Incheon Airport. The exhibition space has been designed to help passengers vividly experience what the scenery of the polar region would look like. In the face of the ongoing global climate crisis, we hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of environmental protection of the North and South poles.
This month we had a new service added to increase passenger convenience, a performance with a warm message, and even a special exhibition! This was all for the many people visiting us during the summer travel season. We covered the big headlines from July here at Incheon Airport. Please check back in soon for more interesting and useful posts!