Incheon International Airport has handled over 50 million tonnes of cargo since it opened 20 years ago.
According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Incheon International Airport Corporation on Tuesday, the cumulative volume of cargo handled at Incheon airport exceeded the 50 million tonne mark when a plane Korean Air cargo ship bound for Atlanta took off from Incheon with 70 tons. export freight at 10:59 a.m. on July 27. Incheon International Airport has transported more than 50 million tonnes of cargo since it opened in 2001.
Incheon Airport’s air cargo volume grew 23 percent year-on-year to 1.62 million tonnes in the first half of this year, as there were virtually no international passengers in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Incheon Airport is expected to handle 3 million tonnes of air cargo this year for the first time since it opened.
Incheon Airport is expanding and is currently building new terminals for global delivery companies FedEx and DHL. Starting next month, it will open a new refrigerated center for goods, such as biopharmaceuticals, fresh produce and animals, to minimize waiting and transit times and protect goods from inclement weather. “Once the cooling center opens, it will be of great help to the aviation industry by creating new demand for cargo, such as vaccines,” a ministry official said. “We aim to cement Incheon Airport as the cement of its position as the third largest cargo airport in the world this year as well.”
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