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On the 31st, residents of Uiseong-gun in Gyeongsangbuk-do gathered at the Bian Manse Center in Bian-myeon, Uiseong-gun, to stage a rally, demanding the timely implementation of the agreement for the new integrated airport.
The protest stemmed from the release of a draft suggesting the construction of a cargo terminal in Gunwi-gun, Daegu for the proposed Daegu-Gyeongbuk New Airport design, which sparked outrage among Uiseong-gun residents in North Gyeongsang Province. Led by the ‘Uiseong-gun New Airport Relocation Support Committee’ and joined by approximately 200 concerned citizens, the rally participants voiced their opposition to the airport relocation plan that did not include the provision for a cargo terminal in Uiseong-gun.
The Uiseong Airport Support Committee stated that they would refuse to cooperate with any future airport-related endeavors, if the cargo terminal was not included in Uiseong-gun, as originally agreed upon in the joint agreement. They even conveyed their discontent to the governor of Uiseong-gun, urging him to cease all airport operations and threatened to initiate a recall of residents if their demands were ignored. The committee member further lamented, “I dedicated everything I had to the military commission for the airport’s relocation, but Uiseong is now left empty-handed.”
During the rally at the Mans Bian Center, a briefing session was conducted by Daegu City and the service company Dohwa ENG, to provide the Uiseong-gun residents with details of the strategic environmental impact assessment for the construction of the Daegu-Gyeongbuk New Airport.
The rationale behind the rally was the preliminary feasibility service results released by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on the 24th. These findings contained the specific project details for the private airport among the Daegu-Gyeongbuk New Airports. Of particular concern was the decision to locate the cargo terminal in Gunwi, which clashed with the expectations of Uiseong-gun residents.
The feasibility service revealed that the cargo terminal would have an approximate area of 10,000 square meters. Moreover, it estimated that the cargo handling volume in 2060, which marks the 30th year of the airport’s opening, would reach around 210,000 tons. These figures fell significantly short of the blueprint proposed by Daegu City in September last year, which envisioned a logistics-specialized airport with a capacity of 1.97 million tons. Uiseong-gun worried that relocating the cargo terminal to the Gunwi-gun area would impede the establishment of an air logistics center—an essential aspect of the airport’s relocation plan.
The construction of a cargo terminal has been a cherished project advocated by Uiseong residents. Specifically, the estimated distance between the Uiseong Logistic Complex and the Gunwi Cargo Terminal is 4.6km. Comparatively, Incheon International Airport, located merely 1km away, raises concerns about potential leakage of air logistics to other regions like Gumi, due to the poor accessibility of the relocated cargo terminal. Bak Jae-wan, who heads the Uiseong-gun Bianmyeon New Airport Relocation Support Committee, expressed apprehension, asking, “Who would be willing to travel an additional 4.6km to the airport after already coming a long way to Uiseong?”
In response to the growing outcry, North Gyeongsang Province has initiated alternative plans, including enhancing the construction of an airport access road and a hinterland complex. Prior to the rally, the Uiseong Airport Support Committee held a meeting with Gyeongbuk Governor Lee Cheol-woo at the Gyeongbuk Provincial Office. During the meeting, Governor Lee assured the committee that comprehensive measures would be taken to safeguard against any losses incurred by Uiseong-gun in relation to airport-related logistics.
On the 31st, Uiseong-gun residents hold a rally at the Bian Manse Center in Bian-myeon, Uiseong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, urging the joint implementation of the agreement for the new integrated airport. /Uiseong-gun
When a draft was published that a cargo terminal would be built in Gunwi-gun, Daegu for the design of Daegu-Gyeongbuk New Airport, residents of Uiseong-gun, North Gyeongsang Province protested.
The ‘Uiseong-gun New Airport Relocation Support Committee’ and about 200 residents held a rally at the Bian Manse Center in Bian-myeon, Uiseong-gun on the 31st and said, “We oppose the relocation of the airport which does not set cargo terminal. in Uiseong-gun.”
The Uiseong Airport Support Committee said, “If the cargo terminal is not placed in Uiseong-gun as originally drafted in the joint agreement, we will not cooperate in any airport-related work in the future.”
Even to the governor of Uiseong-gun, they said, “Stop being a good (county) man and stop all airport operations,” and they said, “Otherwise, we will promote the recall of residents.” He also said, “I gave everything I had to give to the military commission for the relocation of the airport earlier, but Uiseong is now an empty Gangjeong.”
On this day, at Mans Bian Center, a briefing session was held for residents of the strategic environmental impact assessment for the construction of Daegu-Gyeongbuk New Airport by Daegu City and the service company Dohwa ENG.
The fuse of the rally is because the results of the preliminary feasibility service of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, which can determine the size of the specific project of the private airport among the Daegu-Gyeongbuk New Airports announced on the 24th, led to the location of the cargo terminal in Gunwi.
On the 31st, at the Bian Mans Center in Bian-myeon, Uiseong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, residents of Uiseong-gun hold a rally urging the implementation of the joint agreement for the new integrated airport. /Uiseong-gun
As a result of the service of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the cargo terminal is approximately 10,000 square meters, and it was predicted that the cargo handling volume in 2060, the 30th year since opening, would be approximately 210,000 tons. It is much lower than the blueprint for a logistics-specialized airport with a capacity of 1.97 million tons, which was presented by the city of Daegu in September last year. In addition, since the location of the cargo terminal was also relocated to the Gunwi-gun area, Uiseong-gun worried that “it would cause disruption in the establishment of an air logistics center as a condition for the relocation of the airport.”
The cargo terminal is a much loved project that the residents of Uiseong have been asking for. Specifically, the estimated distance from Uiseong Logistics Complex to Gunwi Cargo Terminal is 4.6km. Assuming that Incheon International Airport is only 1 km away, there is great concern that air logistics may leak to other regions such as Gumi due to poor accessibility to the cargo terminal. Bak Jae-wan, head of the Uiseong-gun Bianmyeon New Airport Relocation Support Committee, said, “Who would go 4.6km further to the airport after coming a long way to Uiseong?
As the wave grows, North Gyeongsang Province is preparing alternatives such as strengthening the construction of an airport access road and a hinterland complex. Before the rally, the Uiseong Airport Support Committee met with Gyeongbuk Governor Lee Cheol-woo at the Gyeongbuk Provincial Office. At this meeting, Governor Lee said, “We are drawing a big picture of airport-related logistics, so we will ensure that Uiseong-gun does not suffer losses.”
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