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South Korea plans to construct first ‘floating airport’

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South Korea intends to construct the country’s first “floating airport” in the southern port city of Busan by 2035, according to the Land Ministry on Tuesday.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the National Assembly approved a bill last year for a mega state project worth 13.7 trillion won ($10.97 billion) to build a new airport on Gadeok Island, Busan’s largest island, to handle growing air traffic demand and facilitate prosperity in the country’s southeast region.

The new facility, according to the detailed plan announced by the Ministry on Tuesday, will be an offshore airport built on a floating structure at sea.

Following an environmental survey, it intends to begin developing a detailed construction plan this year.

If everything goes as planned, construction will begin in 2025, and the new airport will open in June 2035.

According to a study, the envisioned airport would handle approximately 23.36 million passengers and 286,000 tonnes of cargo in 2065.

However, long-running controversies surrounding the project may continue, with critics claiming that the new facility is not economically viable and would have a negative impact on the environment in the region.

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