Despite nearly 10 million tourists visiting Jeju every year, a new airport construction project in Jeju has been cancelled.
According to the Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs, a plan for a new airport construction in Jeju, along with similar plans for Chungju Airport, Gimhae Airport, Gunsan Airport, and the southeastern region, will not now go ahead.
In a modified plan, the Ministry instead suggests Jeju International Airport better utilize the existing international infrastructure to cater for increased international demand as well as use current capacity to respond to the increasing demand of domestic lines.
In other words, Jeju will have to cope with increased traffic in the future by stretching the current airport instead of building a new one.
At the inception of the “Jeju Airport Master Plan,” the Korean government predicted that the airport “...will be saturated by 2025.” In addition, the government had announced concrete plans to conduct a thorough validity inspection of this plan in 2015.
Yet, the modified plan that has now ended any chance for a new airport in Jeju has disappointed the provincial government. A source said, “the New Airport Construction Execution Committee, Provincial Assembly, and civil and social organizations will sternly push for the plan to be restored.”
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