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High speed train to Pyeongchang for Winter Olympics
KOREA, in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, is building a special direct train service from the main international airport to the city where the Games will be held.
The new Korean Train Express (KTX) line is scheduled to be opened in December this year. The high-speed train will take one hour and 38 minutes from Incheon International Airport to Pyeongchang, and one hour and 52 minutes from the Incheon airport to Gangneung. It will also take 58 minutes from Cheongnyangni in Seoul to Pyeongchang.
With the new service, Pyeongchang will be accessible from the capital city of Seoul in less than an hour. The trains will stop at Pyeongchang Station, Jindu Station, and Gangneung Station near the host city.
The Incheon airport, Korea's major international gateway, is also being upgraded in preparation for the influx of tourists.
A new terminal building is scheduled for completion by the end of September. After a roughly 12-week-long trial period, the new terminal will be open to the public from January 2018, just in time for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which kicks off the following month.
The terminal, which has five storeys above ground and two underground levels, will be equipped with 22 state-of-the-art full-body scanners, capable of detecting dangerous materials that cannot be picked up by metal detectors.
The Incheon airport's new terminal will be connected to the subway line and have its own bus stops for passengers' convenience. The new terminal is expected to be able to handle some 72 million passengers a year, up from the current 54 million.
Four major airlines, Korean Air, Delta Air Lines, Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, will move into the new terminal.