Incheon mulls options to cater to LCCs

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Incheon International Airport is considering several options to better cater to low-cost carriers, which are increasingly gaining market share in the region.

The airport has held a meeting where it discussed the possibility of converting a hangar into a dedicated low-cost terminal, its director Tony Cho told Flightglobal Pro in an interview.

He adds that the discussions are however in its initial stages, and that no decision has been made on whether the conversion will take place or when it will happen.

Another option under consideration is to carve out an area in the airport's current concourse to specifically cater to low-cost operators.

"The LCC market is growing well, so we're considering upgrading our services for the airlines," says Cho.

However, he adds that although the airport sees the market for LCCs, "it is not our number one priority". Incheon's focus will instead remain on getting more transit passengers to further strengthen the airport's position as a regional hub.

The airport has a capacity to handle 44 million passengers annually, and expansion works will start in June to increase the figure to 62 million by 2017. Last year, 38 million passengers passed through Incheon's gates.