Incheon Airport Maglev Begins Revenue Service

South Korea’s main air travel gateway, Incheon International Airport, has opened a new urban maglev line. Planned since 2006, the first phase of the Incheon Airport Maglev serves to provide access within the Incheon Sky City as well as being a technology demonstrator for developers Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) and Hyundai Rotem.


Covering a distance of 6.1 kilometers, the trains will stop at a further 4 stations enroute – Terminal 2, International Business District 1, International Business District 2 and Waterpark Entrance. 2 more phases are planned to be added, eventually forming an orbital network on Yeongjong Island.


The initial operation sees services daily between 0900 hrs and 1800 hrs at 15-minute intervals, with operating hours to be extended in the near future. Each driverless rolling stock can carry up to 230 passengers and boast a top speed of 110 kilometers per hour. In commercial operation, the system will run at a lower speed of 80 kilometers per hour.


With the line’s opening, South Korea becomes the second country (after Japan) to commercialize locally-developed maglev technology and the third (after China and Japan) to operate a maglev rail service.


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