Apr. 15, 2002
Chinese commercial aircraft crashes into Dotdaesan Mountain, Gimhae (129 dead, 37 injured)
President Roh Moo-hyun orders official assessment for a new airport in the southern region
Mar. 30, 2011
Announcement of cancellation of Southeast Region New Airport, President Lee Myung-bak’s presidential election pledge
Gimhae New Airport decided to be Yeongnam Region New Airport, President Park Geun-hye’s presidential election pledge
*Daegu‧Gyeongbuk regions release statement of refusal to accept the decision (July 1, 2016), joint relocation of K-2 and Daegu airports decided (Jul. 11, 2016)
President Moon Jae-in promotes construction of Southeast Region Gateway Airport as his presidential election pledge
*Construction of 「Southeast Region Gateway Airport」 and airport multi-functional city: necessity to construct Southeast Region Airport as a gateway airport to meet rapidly increasing air transport demand and serve as an alternate airport for emergency diversions from Incheon Airport.
Sep. 9, 2018
Mayors and Governors of BU-UL-GYEONG jointly agree on call for the construction of a gateway airport in Southeastern Region
Feb. 13, 2019
President Moon Jae-in suggests reassessment of new airport
Jun. 20, 2019
Transfer of Gimhae New Airport issue to the Prime Minister's Office agreed upon (BU-UL-GYEONG local government heads and Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport)
Gimhae New Airport Verification Committee under the Prime Minister’s Office launched to carry out project verification.
*total of 21 members (1 Chairman and 20 members) ▸5 members each for safety, environment, noise and facility operation demand
Nov. 17, 2020
Verification results announced ▸ Fundamental review of Gimhae New Airport construction required (the project was virtually annulled)
Nov. 20/26, 2020
Ruling and opposition parties propose Special Act on Construction of Gadeokdo New Airport.
Feb. 26, 2021
Special Act on Construction of Gadeokdo New Airport passes National Assembly.
Mar. 16, 2021
Special Act on Construction of Gadeokdo New Airport promulgated. [Enforced Sept. 17, 2021]
May 2021 Service
Contract for Pre-Feasibility Study (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport)
To remedy polarization of the capital area and complement Incheon International Airport in case of emergency
To contribute to the successful hosting of the 2030 Busan World Expo and local economic revitalization of Busan as an international tourist city
To rise as a Northeast Asian logistics hub with the completion of the Tri-port system (airport, railroad and port integration)
To establish a Southeast Region Mega City as one of the two major axis of balanced national development, alongside the capital area
24-hour airport with minimal noise pollution
Safe airport with neither obstacles nor limitations on mid and long-distance flights
Minimize environmental damage
Outstanding accessibility and expandability in line with future needs
Capable of resolving the following problems of Gimhae New Airport (plan):
① Short runways and load limitations due to mountainous terrain with difficulty facilitating long distance flights
② Not allowed 24-hour operations due to curfew time (11pm – 6 am)
③ Unable to handle 38 million passengers annually due to the operational nature of the V-shaped runway.
④ Difficulty securing landing precision safety and missed approaches with surface obstacles having been maintained
⑤ Once full capacity is reached (runways, taxiways, etc.) in the future, additional expansion is impossible.
⑥ Noise-stricken areas in Busan and Gimhae will expand with direct impact on the habitats of migratory birds.
⑦ Conflicts with development plans for surrounding areas, such as Eco Delta City and R&D Special Zone