Korea: Can Seoul Airport Challenge Hong Kong as Gateway to Asia?​


Terminal 2 at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, Korea. Photo Credit: Gensler.


Ground has been broken on a second terminal at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, Korea. The 72 gate terminal will cover an area of 7.4 million square feet. The US$2.5 billion project will be built in two phases.

And the question of everyone's mind is, can Incheon's Terminal 2 pose a challenge to Hong Kong International Airport or Singapore's Changyi International Airport as a gateway to Asia?

That's what aviation officials in Korea are hoping.

"We designed Terminal 2 to make travel at Incheon even more compelling, offering people unprecedented ease and convenience," says Keith Thompson, Gensler Principal and Leader of the firm's global aviation design practice, which has designed the project.

"It's a large international terminal, yet it will be very intuitive to navigate and present unique experiences like the vast interior gardens featuring native Korean foliage. Travelers will see this as the new benchmark for airports."

Recent Gensler Projects

Gensler is one of the worl'd top architectural design firms.

Other recent Gensler projects include Duke University's Kunshan Campus in Kunshan, China; the Houston Ballet Center for Dance in Houston, Texas; Facebook's global headquarters in Silicon Valley, California; JetBlue T5 at JFK International Airport in New York City; the Shenbei Arena in Shenyang, China; the Dubai International Financial Center in Dubai, United Emirates; and Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China.



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