South Korean Remote Islands to Get Small Airports

David Lee, Jan. 28, 2016, 8:02 a.m.

Remote islands like Heuksan, Ulleung, and Baeknyeong are to get their own small airports to make travel easier for islanders who can afford the flights. The government hopes to build small airstrips on the islands that can be used by small turboprops. 

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport is to release a draft plan at a public hearing on Thursday.According to the plan, the mini airports will be built on Heuksan in 2020 and Ulleung on 2021 for the convenience of islanders and to boost tourism.

On Baeknyeong Island, the government plans to build a military airstrip that can also be used by civilian aircraft. "After the hearing on Thursday, we'll carry out feasibility studies," a ministry official said. 

"Currently, if you travel to Heuksan Island from Seoul, you'll have to go to Mokpo first and then take a ferry that takes about two-and-a-half hours. But once an airstrip is built, you can get from Gimpo directly to the island in just an hour," the official added.

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