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January 15, 2008

Incheon International Airport Selected as the World’s Best

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Korea’s main airport has been named the world’s best for the second straight year, in a survey conducted by the U.S.-based monthly magazine Global Traveler.

Incheon International Airport said Thursday (Jan. 10) that it claimed the top spot in the annual survey of more than 15,000 of the magazine’s readers.

Singapore’s Changi Airport was second and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport third. The magazine cited Incheon’s facilities, including golf course and world-class shopping terminal, as providing convenience and differentiated service for customers. Incheon has also topped a service survey conducted by Airports Council International for two straight years. “The efforts of Incheon airport staff have paid off by winning international prizes for airport service and management,” said Lee Jae-hee, the airport’s chief executive. “We will do our utmost to win the top spot by providing the best service.” To further upgrade service, Incheon and major Korean logistics firm Hanjin Corporation signed a contract Thursday to build a nine-story hospital near the airport from this year. Once construction is complete in 2011, the Yeongjong MedicalCenter is expected to serve nearby residents and 30,000 domestic and international tourists who visit Korea every year to receive medical services.

By Yoon Sojung

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