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KTX to start passenger service to Incheon Airport

2014/06/16 15:10

SEOUL, June 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's bullet train will begin service to the country's main international airport starting June 30, which is expected to improve convenience for travelers, the state-run rail operator said Monday.

Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL) said Korea Train Express (KTX) will go to Incheon International Airport 20 times a day.

People who get on the high-speed trains that serve the airport from provincial cities will no longer have to get off at Seoul or Yongsan stations to transfer to the Airport Railroad Express (AREX) or get on limousine airport buses.

"All they have to do is stay on their KTX that will take them directly to the airport," a KORAIL official said. This can greatly improve convenience for passengers.

The railroad operator said that its maximum speed will be restricted, because the KTX will be using the same railroad track as the slower AREX trains.

It said the KTX will take about an hour to reach the airport from Seoul or Yongsan stations, similar to conventional AREX trains. The company said test runs of the KTX on the route have been going on in earnest since late May.

The high-speed trains will augment the existing trains linking Seoul and the port city of Incheon, the country's main air transport hub.

KORAIL said the KTX will stop once at Geomam Station to pick up passengers from Incheon.

The fare for a person using the KTX from Seoul Station to the airport is 12,500 won (US$12.20), while the fee for trains coming from Yongsan Station is 12,800 won.

A KTX train at Geomam Station on the railroad linking Seoul with Incheon International Airport. (Yonhap file photo)

A KTX train at Geomam Station on the railroad linking Seoul with Incheon International Airport. (Yonhap file photo)

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