“Researching Airports’ Future” – Incheon Airport Air-Lab

Directly affected by COVID-19, what strategies does the global aviation industry need to overcome hurdles and loss incurred so far to fly again? To answer this question, Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) hosted the World Aviation Conference based on the theme of Aviation Industry Post-COVID-19 in March.

The conference discussed various issues including the travel bubble, an agreement to ease travel restrictions between countries with better disease control, immunity passport, which certifies COVID-19 test results and vaccination, contactless and disease control /prevention technology, air travel outlook, recovery plans, and urban air mobility (UAM).

Careful research and review are needed to implement various plans for the revitalization of the aviation industry. That is why Incheon Airport created Air-Lab, a think tank focusing ed on researching for the future of airports.

Incheon Airport Air-Lab, one step closer to the future

Incheon Airport Air-Lab is a future airport research organization within IIAC. It was created to lead future competition in a post-COVID-19 world and strengthen innovation fields.

Air-Lab consists of 3 teams with 28 employees with expertise in air travel and big data. There is no hierarchical positions within the team, which allows them to discuss and research more freely.

Then, what exactly does Air-Lab research?

What are Air-Lab’s research fields?

Air-Lab’s research fields include 3 innovation fields areas for future airports: future air travel, big data, and culture and art design. They conduct learning and research activities at least twice a month. Let’s dive into each of its research fields, shall we?

(1) Future air travel

Future air travel is a field which researches technologies and system needed to shift the paradigm in air travel, including urban air mobility (UAM) represented by flying taxis. If UAM, represented by flying taxis is commercialized, it can travel 40 km, from Incheon Airport to Yeouido, in Seoul, in just 20 minutes. To do so, it is required to not only devise a new system for safety and travel in place but also establish air travel requirements in accordance with Korea’s pre-existing conditions including the statuesque of telecommunication infrastructures and estimation of socially acceptable level of noise.

Future air travel is a field which researches technologies and system needed to shift the paradigm in air travel, including urban air mobility (UAM) represented by flying taxis. If UAM, represented by flying taxis is commercialized, it can travel 40 km, from Incheon Airport to Yeouido, in Seoul, in just 20 minutes. To do so, it is required to not only devise a new system for safety and travel in place but also establish air travel requirements in accordance with Korea’s pre-existing conditions including the statuesque of telecommunication infrastructures and estimation of socially acceptable level of noise.

(2) Big data

It is a field which collects and combines all data related to operating Incheon Airport. Incheon Airport is developing a big data platform to make its operations more efficient. If the big data platform is applied to day-to-day routines in Incheon Airport, it would improve passengers’ arrival and departure flows and traffic management systems, advance passenger prediction systems through machine learning, eventually leading to greatly improved efficiency. Furthermore, it can play various other roles, such as identifying passengers’ needs and providing tailored customer services.

(3) Culture and art design

Today, airports’ functionality expands further as culture and art spaces, where passengers can stay and experience things beyond air travel. Incheon Airport, which is aiming to become an airport of culture and art, has created various different sections for cultural activities and tried to establish a line of communication with passengers through a variety of art forms including performances, large installations, and media art. We can examine how to brand Incheon Airport more effectively from artistic and cultural perspectives so that the airport itself can become the destination.

In this post, we’ve looked at Incheon Airport’s research organization Air-Lab and its research fields. Let’s look forward to what ideas the Air-Lab will be offering for Incheon Airport and its more systematically advanced future in the era of Industry 4.0! J

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