Incheon International Airport is upgrading its security systems with the introduction of fingerprint recognition units and full-body scanners. The country's main gateway is now conducting a major KRW14.9 billion (US$11.9 million) refurbishment in time for the Visit Korea Year 2010-2012 and the G20 Seoul Summit in November.
“Body scanners have been adopted in many other countries such as the US,” said airport spokesman Kimin Kim. “Our selection of suppliers is underway. It’s our duty to provide such facilities for our passengers.” So far, no Asian airport has been known to adopt the technology which is becoming a regular feature at more airports in the UK and US.
Recently given a five-star rating by international traveller survey Skytrax, the airport has never made secret its ambition to equal, if not surpass, Changi Airport and Hong Kong International Airport in the best world airport category.
The current refurbishment consists of reinforcing the 10-year-old runways 1 and 2 and the taxiway; installing Airbus A380-ready aerobridges; modernising 91 washrooms in the passenger terminal; setting up a dramatic sculpture at the entrance of the airport by the end of August; expanding the executive passenger lounges; adding an Airport Club Lounge; and improving signages.
Incheon Airport has been awarded by Airports Council International "World's Best Airport" for five consecutive years from 2005 to 2009. And the airport management is gunning for a sixth time, so much so, they ask their 35,000 employees to chant during general meetings the mantra: "Hi five, let's go! Win 6!"
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