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Ranking Second in Global International Air Freight

Since its inception in 2001, Incheon International Airport has consistently upgraded its logistics infrastructure and network. By 2021 and 2022, it had fortified its role as a central logistics hub in Northeast Asia, processing the second-largest volume of international cargo worldwide.

Initially, Incheon International Airport managed a modest 1.19 million tons of cargo annually. However, by early 2006, just five years later, this figure rose to a cumulative 10 million tons. By the beginning of 2018, it reached 40 million tons, and impressively, the subsequent 3.5 years saw a leap to 50 million tons, showcasing the rapid expansion of its air cargo operations.

지속적인 물류 인프라 및 네트워크 개발
A Strategic Air Logistics Hub in Northeast Asia

In 2022, out of the 2.95 million tons of international air freight Incheon International Airport managed, transshipment cargo constituted 1.12 million tons, approximately 38% of the total. This significant transshipment ratio, higher than that of its neighboring airports, underscores Incheon’s leading role as a pivotal logistics hub in the region.

뛰어난 입지의 동북아 항공물류 허브
A Global Gateway with Extensive Air Routes

As of December 2022, Incheon International Airport offered non-stop connections to 152 cities in 53 countries through 87 airlines. The expansive network reaches destinations such as China (20 cities), Japan (6 cities), Southeast Asia (10 cities), North America (27 cities), Central and South America (5 cities), and Europe (18 cities).

전 세계를 연결하는 항공 네트워크 인천공항 항공 네트워크 87개 항공사 53개국 152개도시
Preparations to Become a Mega Logistics Hub with the Capacity to Handle 6.3 Million Tons through the Fourth Phase of Construction

Incheon International Airport’s ongoing Phase 4 construction project aims to transform itself into a ‘Mega Hub Airport’, boasting an annual passenger handling capacity of 106 million, facilitating 600,000 flight operations, and catering to a cargo capacity of 6.3 million tons.

The centerpiece of this phase, the fourth runway, was inaugurated on June 17, 2021. Moreover, the anticipated completion of the second passenger terminal by 2024 is set to further cement Incheon’s global prominence in business and logistics.

4단계 건설 사업 통해 630만 톤 처리하는 메가 허브 물류 공항으로 도약 준비
Rising as a Perishable Goods Hub with the Introduction of the Cool Cargo Center

In response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the demands of a growing economy, Incheon International Airport has observed an annual 20% increase in temperature-sensitive cargo, which includes vaccines, bio-pharmaceuticals, and fresh produce. To efficiently address this growth, the airport introduced the ‘Cool Cargo Center’ in September 2021. Strategically located AIRSIDE, this cutting-edge facility ensures swift transfers between passenger flights and guarantees secure processing of goods, even in challenging weather conditions, enhancing Incheon’s reputation as a leading hub for perishable goods.

Cool Cargo Center 오픈으로 신선화물 허브로 비상
Enhancing Customer Competitiveness through Expansion of the Free Trade Zone

The Incheon International Airport Free Trade Zone comprises an airport logistics complex and a cargo terminal area. This structure offers clients an enhanced competitive environment, bolstered by efficient customs procedures, non-tariff benefits, and a range of incentives.

In April 2005, an area of 2.093 million square meters was designated as the Free Trade Zone. This was followed by the addition of 922 thousand square meters to the primary airport logistics complex in December 2007. By April 2020, another 326 thousand square meters was integrated into the Free Trade Zone. Companies operating within this zone enjoy the freedom of manufacturing, logistics, and trade activities and also benefit from reduced rental fees and tariff concessions.

Both the airport logistics complex and cargo terminal areas within the Free Trade Zone are interconnected, ensuring smooth transitions between them. This setup supports various activities, including basic processing, assembly, and specific end-user services, allowing companies to adapt swiftly in a rapidly changing global business environment.

Currently, the airport logistics complex houses 35 logistics firms and 1 manufacturing entities. These entities are evolving from standard import-export logistics to more sophisticated and high-value logistics operations.

The cargo terminal, which includes major airlines like Korean Air and Asiana, features 8 cargo terminals, 3 air freight warehouses, 4 specialized processing facilities, and 2 customs-bonded areas, solidifying its position as a key logistics hub.

자유무역지역 확대 통해 항공화물 허브화 가속
자유무역지역 확대 통해 항공화물 허브화 가속 안내 표
Category Relevant Facilities
Cargo Terminal
Korean Air 1 & 2,
AACT 1 & 2,
Other Airlines
Express Company
Air Cargo Warehouse North Side Air Cargo Warehouse,
Incheon Air A & B
Purpose Facility
International Mail Logistics Center,
U.S. Military Mail Facility,
Incheon Customs Logistics Center,
Hazardous Materials Storage
Custom-Bonded Area Designated Customs Facility,
Customs Building
Sustained Operations Post-Inception and Pioneering in Global Customs Services

Since its establishment in 2001, Incheon International Airport boasts 190,000 hours of continuous and safe operations. Utilizing the sophisticated UNI-PASS electronic customs system of the Korea Customs Service, the airport offers unmatched customs services among the 177 nations affiliated with the World Customs Organization. The 24-hour customs capability ensures seamless logistics operations.

공항 개항 후 무중단 운영 및 전 세계 가장 빠른 관세행정 서비스 제공
Incheon International Airport Secures the Highest Runway Operation Grade (CAT-III, RVR 75m) as the First in Asia

In 2003, Incheon International Airport became the first in Asia to achieve the highest runway operation grade, CAT-III. This grade corresponds to a Runway Visual Range (RVR) of 100m for landing and 175m for takeoff. Currently, all four of its runways operate under the CAT-III grade, which signifies an RVR of just 75m. This underscores the capability of aircraft to safely land in conditions with runway visibility as limited as 75 meters.

아시아 최초로 활주로 최고 운영등급(CAT-III, RVR 75m)을 획득
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