It is expected to pass preliminaryfeasibility test early Nov with residents expecting ‘improved residentialcondition’
As the Baengnyeong Airport buildingproject is facing a preliminary feasibility test by the Ministry of Strategyand Finance early November, Incheon Metropolitan City has high hopes for itpassing the test.
Incheon Metropolitan City said that howthe project went was explained and active cooperation from the locals was requestedduring the discussion between mayor Park Namchoon and local residents that washeld as a part of ‘Visiting mayor’ on Oct. 29.
▲ As the Baengnyeong Airportbuilding project is facing a preliminary feasibility test by the Ministry ofStrategy and Finance early November, Incheon Metropolitan City has high hopesfor it passing the test. Baengnyeong Airport location map
Baengnyeong Airport is Incheon Metropolitan City’s major task to improveresidential conditions for the locals of the west sea’s northernmost island andto ensure them to be able to commute within a day as it is a long-awaited wishof the five west sea islands’ residents.
The Baengnyeong Airport building projectplans to build a 30-meter wide and 1200-meter-long runway, control tower andpassenger terminal to accommodate 50 person-capacity private airplanes bychanneling 174 billion KRW using the 254,000 square meter land from Solgaedistrict, Baengnyeong-myeon, Ongjin-gu.
To date, it failed twice the deliberationin being selected as a target project in the preliminary feasibility test.However, as it has seen a higher Benefit-Cost analysis point of 2.19 from theprior feasibility review of the Baengnyeong Airport building project, conductedby the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the hopes are high atthis time.
The city government requested to makethe Baengnyeong Airport the most prioritized agenda at ‘the five west seacomprehensive development plan (years from 2011 to 2015) and is making all-outeffort to be nominated from the preliminary feasibility test by establishingjoint effort system with relevant central government ministries.
▲ The BaengnyeongAirport building project plans to build a 30-meter wide and 1200-meter-longrunway, control tower and passenger terminal to accommodate 50 person-capacityprivate airplanes by channeling 174 bn KRW using the 254,000 square meter landfrom Solgae district, Baengnyeong-myeon, Ongjin-gu. The image is BaengnyeongAirport allocation planning (draft).
In addition, thelegal foundation was established as the Baengnyeong Airport building master plan,feasibility investigation and construction work was reflected on the ‘6thairport development middle-long term (years from 2021 to 2025)’ of the Ministryof Land, Infrastructure and Transport. National assembly’s attempt to amend‘the special act to support five west sea islands’ aiming to include an airportto the category of public facilities is raising the hopes as well.
Incheon Metropolitan City isexpecting a considerable reduction of travel time to Baengnyeong-do from the currentfour hours on passenger ship to one hour on flight once the airport is up andrunning. Consequently, access to the west sea’s northernmost three islands ofBaengnyeong-do, Daecheong-do and Socheong-do will improve, enabling one-daycommuting zones and enhancing emergency responses which in turn willsignificantly enhance residential conditions for the local residents.
Moreover, it is expected to contributeto the balanced local economic development as tourists and investment may beattracted from home and abroad, emanating from Baengnyeong and DaecheongNational Geological Park designated in 2019 and such exceptional tourismresources as mother nature-gifted scenery.
▲ The development plan for BaengnyeongAirport-surrounding area (draft)
The city government plans to open the Baengnyeong Airport in 2027 as it willimplement follow up processes impermeably once the project has been nominated asa target project from the preliminary feasibility test
On this note, it will operate a neighboringarea development plan in place by commissioning to establish ‘BaengnyeongAirport-Surrounding Area Development Plan and Master Plan’, and preparemeasures to create synergy effects linking the airport to accommodation,tourism, leisure and medical service.