If you have an upcoming trip to South Korea and you'll be arriving at Seoul-Incheon in the near future, you’ll soon be able to shop for duty-free items at the arrivals area at either of the two terminals.
Starting May 31, the Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) will be opening up duty free shops in the arrivals areas at both Terminal 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport, which would provide an alternative to having to purchase duty-free items in the departure area. For Incheon Airport, it would be an additional source of revenue with an estimated KRW 20 billion won (USD $17.1 million) that could be generated.
According to a report from The Korea Times, the shops will be built near the baggage claim area, with up to 10 categories of items will be sold such as leather products, souvenirs, packaged foods and electronics. However, sales of items that can affect duty and import procedures such as cigarettes will not be available.
The vendors that will have a place in the new duty-free area will include two shops by SM Duty Free at Terminal 1, and Entas Duty Free in Terminal 2.
However, the airport has also received concerns over security and congestion which an official quoted in the report stated that CCTVs and additional security agents will be deployed in the area.