Green light for Incheon Airport apron overhaul

Honeywell recruited to employ tech across Incheon International Airport’s apron as part of ongoing improvement project
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Incheon International Airport
Incheon International Airport

Honeywell will upgrade airfield lighting control and monitoring systems at Incheon International Airport (ICN) as the fourth phase of an ongoing improvement project.

The upgrades will help enhance passenger service and streamline airport operations, while simultaneously enabling safer, faster travel. The work is expected to be completed by October 2022.

Recent construction of the airport’s fourth runway and expansion of its northern remote apron have increased flight capacity per hour from 90 to 107 flights, and the opening of Terminal 2 has allowed ICN to accommodate 18 million passengers and 50 million tons of cargo per year.

In parallel, increased air traffic has created demand for a new guidance system – one that allows pilots to easily navigate ICN’s complex runways, taxiways and other airfield surfaces.

To help address these challenges, Honeywell is installing its Airfield Ground Lighting Control and Monitoring System (AGLCMS) and Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) technologies to promote safer navigation through enhanced controllability under most traffic or visibility conditions, while enhancing overall operational efficiency.

“With more than 380,000 flights managed yearly, Incheon International Airport is one of the highest-trafficked gateways to Southeast Asia,” said Chang-Jun Lee, director, Aeronautical Ground Light Team, Incheon International Airport.

“Under high-traffic conditions, reliable guidance systems such as those installed by Honeywell are critical to the pilots maneuvering around our congested airfield and taxiways. Put simply, this technology helps keep operations running smooth and helps make sure people are safe.”

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