Incheon International Airport, the main South Korea International Airport, is the winner of the strategic advisor procedure for the Solidarity Transport Hub. In December, the Solidarity Transport Hub Poland company plans to sign a three-year agreement with the Seoul hub.
The STH Poland company announced a competitive dialog for the strategic adviser in mid March this year. Two airports were selected for the final phase of the procedure: Incheon in Seoul and Narita in Tokyo. The Tender Committee selected Incheon based on qualitative criteria (team experience and contract execution methodology) as well as price.
The selection of the STH strategic advisor is an important milestone towards the construction of a new transport system for Poland as well as for the Central and Eastern Europe. Incheon is an airport of international reputation, as well as a recognized partner on the global aviation market. Cooperation with this airport gives us access to the unique knowledge and specialized know-how that we will need during the implementation of the STH megaproject
STH is a strategic infrastructure investment whose implementation will be a positive incentive for the Polish economy. We support international cooperation of State Treasury companies, especially when it enables transfer of knowledge and technology. I am convinced that the commencement of activities in the strategic advisory formula may open a field for business cooperation talks to an extent not limited to the aviation sector
The rivalry between Narita and Incheon was fierce. The final selection was preceded by a multi-stage procedure conducted in the form of a competitive dialog. Both companies have provided a team of excellent experts. Finally, Incheon from South Korea won the procedure, obtaining a slightly higher score in each category. However, I would also like to express my appreciation for the Japanese side and thank both teams for the months of joint work
Incheon, the main international airport of South Korea, was opened in 2001. The construction decision was taken after the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988 due to the insufficient capacity of the Gimpo Airport. Incheon is located on Yeongjong-Yongyu, 52 km from the center of Seoul (STH will be built 37 km from the center of Warsaw). Last year, Incheon served 71 million passengers.
The Incheon Airport was built in stages. During the first stage, two parallel runways (3,750 m in length each) were built and the airport had a capacity of 30 million passengers and 1.7 million tonnes of goods per year. The second phase is the construction of the third runway (4 000 m long). After its opening in 2008, the airport increased its capacity to 44 million passengers and almost 4.5 million tonnes of cargo
The third stage is the construction of Terminal 2, which passengers started using in 2018. As part of the fourth stage, the fourth runway is being constructed and the extension of Terminal 2 is being prepared. Ultimately, from 2024, the airport is expected to be capable of handling 100 million passengers and 7 million tonnes of cargo per year.
According to the assumptions made so far, the Solidarity Hub, as part of the first stage, will have two runways and (if the previous assumptions are confirmed during the preparation of the so-called airport master plan) will be able to handle up to 45 million passengers. The capacity of STH can be increased by further investments under which the land reserve will be secured.
Incheon is well connected to the rail transport system: the railway station is located next to the main terminal building and provides convenient access to the center of Seoul. Passengers can use express trains that stop only in Incheon and Seoul (such a trip takes 43 minutes). STH will have a railway station integrated with the airport. The planned travel time by train with parking at STH and in the center of Warsaw is 15 minutes.
Incheon designers have included numerous sustainable andenvironmentally friendly solutions in their concept. At the same time, a water treatment plant and a system for its reuse were created with the airport. Incheon has its own sorting plant and waste incineration plant (the heat from the combustion process is used to generate energy). The airport also launched its own geothermal power plant and plans to obtain 20% of energy fromrenewable sources by 2030.
The STH Investor also aims at eco-friendly solutions. It is already known that in accordance with the state-of-the-art environmental requirements, a new combined heat and power plant will be built to supply electricity, heat and cooling of the Solidarity Hub together with the railway station and the Airport City area adjacent to STH. It will be powered by natural gas supported by solar panels.
The selection of strategic adviser is a milestone in the process of preparation for STH construction. In the future, the advisor may become a long-term strategic partner for STH. This would mean cooperation not only at the level of knowledge transfer during airport design, but also at the intergovernmental, investment and economic levels.