A new airport should be built at Busan, which considerably lacks airlift functions, to develop the city into a center of land, marine and air logistics, according to a proposal.
Maeil Business Newspaper (MK) and Maeil Broadcasting Network unveiled a strategy to develop Busan into a hub covering the South Sea of South Korea at the 22nd Vision Korea National Conference held under the theme of “One Asia Metamorphosis, Ocean Initiative” at Lotte Hotel in Sogong-dong, Seoul, Thursday.
The strategy argues that Busan should be fostered into one of Korea’s two major economic pillars by linking the port city with Seoul, rather than being simply left as a regional port city. If the railroad that crosses Eurasia is connected and the marine route passing the North Pole opens, Busan, located at the center of Northeast Asia spanning China, Russia and Japan, will become major location for marine transportation that leads to Americas and Europe.
Busan has the world’s fifth busiest container port, but the competitiveness of its air transportation ranks below the top global 100. Global port cities that serve as logistics hubs such as Amsterdam, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai all have their ports and airports located within 20 kilometer distance.
In this regard, Maeil Business Newspaper presented three Ocean Initiative proposals to develop Busan. The proposals suggest to build: a port city that has integrated land, marine and air transportations, or “triport,” cruise city, and megalopolis of port cities.
The first proposal aims to boost air transportation of Busan, which boasts strong marine transportation, to make the city a “triport” that connects land, marine and air logistics. The second proposal seeks to link Korea’s global top shipbuilding industry with tourism to enable the cruise business to handle all tasks in one place, including shipbuilding, ship repair, supplying fuel and restocking necessary supplies. The third proposal means linking port cities located along the over 400 kilometer coastline of the country’s East Sea and South Sea, from Pohang to Mokpo, into a giant megalopolis of 10 million people.
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