South Korea plans to build first ‘floating airport’

Seoul, April 26 (IANS) South Korea plans to build the country’s first “floating airport” in the southern port city of Busan by 2035, the land ministry said Tuesday.

Last year, the National Assembly approved a bill on a mega state project worth some 13.7 trillion won ($10.97 billion) to build the new airport on the Gadeok Island, the largest island in Busan, to manage the growing demand for air traffic and facilitate prosperity in the country. southeast region, reports the Yonhap news agency.

According to the detailed plan announced by the ministry on Tuesday, the new facility will be an offshore airport, which will be built on a floating structure at sea.

She plans to start drawing a detailed construction plan later this year following an environmental survey.

If the process goes smoothly, construction is expected to start in 2025 and the new airport will be commissioned in June 2035.

A study shows that the planned airport would handle some 23.36 million passengers and 286,000 tonnes of cargo in 2065, the ministry said.

But long-running controversies around the project could continue, as critics say the new facility is not economically feasible and would negatively impact the region’s environment.


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