The Joongang has yet another article about Korean airports losing money, including some that could never have been considered profitable. Uljin airport and Yangyang airport, on the East Coast, are in locations that are far too rural and their construction must be the result of porkbarreling.
I was surprised to learn that Incheon itself is losing money. Its bad news when a major hub for Asia isn't turning a profit. I'm willing to put that one down to the current economy, as a possibly temporary situation.
Uljin and Yangyang, however, are likely to never be profitable as airports.
Uljin is a little ways from here and I've haven't visited it. The Yangyang airport, on the other hand, is one that my wife once worked at, offering tourism advice to arrivals. I have also flown to and from it (me and five others).
Now the Yangyang Airport is huge, roomy and constructed of beautiful granite - I would say marble, but I don't know the difference between marble and not-marble. After writing the post, I looked for photos online and I don't see much stone. I am convinced that the arrivals floor (first floor) has a lot of stone but the departures floor (second) has a more modern roof.
On the grounds, are some very well-constructed but very short roads.
Security is taken care of.
Now, considering the building alone, I first thought wedding hall. Parking is limited but that could be improved.
Concert hall? Again, it has the aura, with the stonework, but major renovations would be needed.
What ideas can my readers come up with? Remember, you ideas don't have to turn a huge profit; the premises are losing 28 million won PER DAY! Management should accept any idea to reduce that.
Photo one found here.
Photo two found here
photo three found here
Photo four found here
Photo five found here (really, here at Gangwon Notes).