The memorandum of understanding between Poland and South Korea was signed today by government representatives of both countries. At the same time, the contract between the Solidarity Transport Hub Poland and the Incheon Airport was signed. South Korean experts have already prepared the first solutions for the STH, based on the experience related to the Seoul hub.
The memorandum of understanding was signed today at a remote conference between Marcin Horała, the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and the Government Plenipotentiary for the Solidarity Transport Hub, and Byeon Chang-heum, South Korean Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
Poland and South Korea declared cooperation not only as part of knowledgetransfer during the planning and designing of the Solidarity Transport Hub, but also at the intergovernmental: investment and economic level. The signed document is also an important step towards a strategic partnership with South Korea in the construction of the STH.
Today marks a breakthrough moment for Solidarity Transport Hub Poland. Inauguration of cooperation with Korean Incheon Airport brings the STH preparation into brand new stage of implementation. Since today, one of the biggest investment in Polish history, will be realized in cooperation with the extraordinary partner. Polish-Korean partnership creates new and promising fields of possibilities. The cooperation we inaugurate today is a combination of knowledge and ambition, experience and potential. This also a huge step towards so expected economic recovery. Today we commence a brand new chapter in the history of Poland’s modernization
At the same time the contract was signed by Mikołaj Wild, the President of the STH Company, and Kim Kyung-wook, the new President & CEO of IIAC, managing the Incheon Airport. Under the agreement, the Asian hub acts as a strategic consultant to provide the STH with the knowledge and experience necessary to plan and design the new airport. South Korean experts are already working on the premises of the STH Company within an integrated team (consisting of the employees of the STH Company and external consultants).
The first element of the cooperation is the opening report prepared by the representatives of the Incheon Airport. It provides a detailed description of the key experience gained by the Incheon Airport over a 20-year period as a reference for the implementation of the STH master plan. These experiences address issues such as port operational management, airport-rail integration, milestones, Airport City development, innovationapproach and risk management. Incheon proposals will be further developed in close cooperation with the STH.
Today’s event is a breakthrough for the STH project, and positive information for the entire Polish economy. We have inaugurated cooperation not only between airports, but also at the intergovernmental level. Although these are activities at a high diplomatic and administrative level, we will guide them so that their benefits are felt by every Polish citizen
I hope today’s MoU would lead exchanges and cooperation of two countries to be improved in various sectors, especially the substantial cooperation in public infrastructure in general, including airports, roads, railways and urban planning
The contract was concluded for three years, which means that it covers the period of planning, designing and purchase of land. The cost of this cooperation is EUR3.5 million net.
I am glad that we have representatives of the Incheon Airport on board. This is one of the main hub ports in Asia and one of the world’s best organized airports. This is an absolutely key consultant for the STH, a specific “second pair of eyes”, which will support the most important planning decisions and assist in the preparation and acceptance of specialized project definition documentation
It is a great honor to be a strategic advisor of the STH Project of enormous symbolic importance to Polish economy and aviation industry. We will do our best to successfully execute our role in this project with all of our expertise and know-how to be a strategic partner in the future
Incheon is the main international airport of South Korea. It takes the 4th place in the world in the current Skytrax ranking, a prestigious list of the world's best hub airports. The airport 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.
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. As a result of the dynamic development of the market, the government of South Korea has implemented further development stages. In 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, Incheon handled more than 71 million passengers and 2.7 million tonnes of goods.
According to the assumptions made so far, as part of the first phase, the Solidarity Airport will be provided with two runways with a length of 4,000 m each and the possibility of handling up to 45 million passengers (this value will be confirmed in the course of preparations for the master plan of the airport). The capacity of the STH can be increased by further investments under which the land reserve will be secured.
Incheon is located on Yeongjong island, 52 km from the center of Seoul. The STH will be built 37 km from the center of Warsaw. In the case of Incheon, 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 Airport and Seoul (such a trip takes approx. 40 minutes). The STH will have a railway station integrated with the airport. The planned travel time by train with parking at the STH and in the center of Warsaw is approx. 15 minutes.