D/FW Airport and South Korea’s Incheon Airport ink partnership
By SHERYL JEAN
05 September 2012
Officials of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, signed a partnership agreement Wednesday that they hope will lead to increased air service and the sharing of best practices.
The partnership is designed to foster cooperation between the two airports to benefit economic development and trade in each area.
C W Lee, CEO of Incheon International Airport Corp., ... said his airport hopes to learn from D/FW’s longer operating history and its operation of multiple terminals and a hub system. In return Incheon can share how it achieved its rank as the world’s best airport for seven straight years, according to rankings by Airports Council International.
Incheon also ranks No. 1 in duty-free sales at about $2 billion a year and No. 2 in air cargo, shipping 2.5 million tons in 2011, he said. Eleven-year-old Incheon manages 35 million passengers a year. D/FW Airport had 57.8 million passengers in 2011, making it the fourth-busiest in North America and the eighth-busiest in the world. The 38-year-old airport has ranked among the world’s top five in service quality for five straight years.