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Gimpo International Airport
김포국제공항
金浦國際空港

Gimpo Gukje Gonghang
Kimp'o Kukche Konghang
RKSS Domestic.jpg
Domestic Terminal
IATA: GMPICAO: RKSS
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Korea Airports Corporation
Location Seoul National Capital Area
Elevation AMSL 58 ft / 18 m
Coordinates 37°33′29″N 126°47′26″E / 37.55806°N 126.79056°E / 37.55806; 126.79056
Website gimpo.airport.co.kr
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14R/32L 10,499 3,200 Asphalt
14L/32R 11,811 3,600 Concrete
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft movements 100,124
Passengers 13,811,004
Tonnes of cargo 248,736
Statistics from KAC[1]

Gimpo International Airport (Korean: 김포국제공항), commonly known as Gimpo Airport (IATA: GMPICAO: RKSS) (formerly Kimpo International Airport), is located in the far western end of Seoul and was the main international airport for Seoul and South Korea before it was replaced by Incheon International Airport in 2001. It is now the second largest airport in Korea after Incheon International Airport.[citation needed]

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Airlines and destinations

Gimpo Airport primarily serves domestic and some limited international flights.

Airlines Destinations
Air Busan Busan
All Nippon Airways Osaka-Kansai [ends 28 March][2], Tokyo-Haneda
Asiana Airlines Gwangju, Jeju, Muan, Osaka-Kansai, Pohang, Sacheon, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Tokyo-Haneda, Ulsan, Yeosu
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai-Hongqiao
Eastar Jet Jeju
Japan Airlines Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Haneda
Jeju Air Jeju, Nagoya-Centrair [begins 29 March], Osaka-Kansai
Jin Air Jeju
Korea Express Air Tsushima, Yangyang
Korean Air Busan, Gwangju, Jeju, Osaka-Kansai, Pohang, Sacheon, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Tokyo-Haneda, Ulsan, Yeosu
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai-Hongqiao

History

International Terminal, Gimpo Airport - Departure
Domestic Terminal, Gimpo Airport - Departure

The airport originally started out as a runway built by Japanese forces in 1939-1942. It played a major role during the Korean War and in 1958 was designated as the international airport of the Korean capital city.

Since then it has grown into a much more significant airport that is capable of handling 226,000 flights a year. The airport had one domestic and two international terminals before its international function was replaced by Incheon International Airport. Gimpo currently has two runways (3600 m×45 m & 3200 m×60 m), two passenger terminals, and one cargo terminal.

The airport is located south of the Han River in western Seoul. (The name "Gimpo" comes from the nearby city of Gimpo, of which the airport used to be a part.)

For many years, the airport was served by the Gimpo Line, a railway line that no longer exists. In the 1990s, Seoul Subway Line 5 was extended to Gimpo. On March 23, 2007, the AREX airport express line started operations to Incheon International Airport, with the rest of the link to Seoul Station scheduled to open in 2010. In July, Seoul Subway Line 9 opened linking the airport to the Gangnam area.

On November 29, 2003, scheduled services between Gimpo and Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) in Tokyo, Japan began. Services to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport started on October 28, 2007. Services to Kansai International Airport In Osaka, Japan started on October 26, 2008.

Airlines that formerly served Gimpo but no longer fly to Korea are listed: Air India, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, Ansett Australia, British Airways (now cargo only), Continental Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Lauda Air, Qantas, Saudia, Swissair, VASP.

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Disasters involving Gimpo

International Terminal, Gimpo Airport - Departure

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