Gimpo International Airport

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Gimpo International Airport
Gimpo International Airport

Gimpo International Airport , commonly known as Gimpo Airport (IATA:GMP, ICAO: RKSS) (formerly Kimpo International Airport), is located in the far western end of Seoul, some 15 km (9 mi) west of the Central District of Seoul. Gimpo International Airport was the main international airport for Seoul and South Korea before being replaced by Incheon International Airport in 2001. In 2014, 21,566,946 passengers used the airport, making it the third largest airport in Korea, as it has been surpassed by Jeju International Airport.

Gimpo Airport inside
Gimpo Airport inside

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.)

This airport has a large domestic terminal and a much smaller international terminal. The domestic terminal handles all Seoul’s domestic flights except for a handful of flights to and from Busan and Jejudo, which arrive and depart from Incheon International Airport.

Domestic Terminal
Domestic Terminal

The 1st floor is for arrivals, the 2nd floor is for checking in, and the 3rd floor is for departures. Flights, none lasting more than an hour, go to Jejudo, Busan and seven other cities. The usual shops and restaurants are inside the terminal. The international terminal only handles flights to Haneda (Tokyo, eight daily) and Shanghai (four daily). Taking this route avoids the hassle of getting out to Incheon and Narita airports, which are some distance from their respective capital cities.

On 23 March 2007 the AREX airport express line started operations to Incheon International Airport, with an extension to Seoul Station which opened in December 2010. Seoul Subway Line 9 also links the airport to the Gangnam area.

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.

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