With the rapid growth of the
Airport, the aviation indus
try has been increasingly
interested in Cheongju Aeropolis, the only
aviation industry cluster in the central
region of Korea.
The Cheongju International Airport has seen significant growth in its number of visitors, flights and international routes. It has recently been designated by as an alter nate airport for Code F aircrafts and a Class II transport and logistics hub by the government. As major airports in metro politan areas are operating at full capacity, the importance of the Cheongju Inter national Airport is likely to grow even further.
Cheongju Aeropolis has access to airport runway areas and the potential for explo sive growth as the only aviation cluster in the central region of Korea.
Cheongju is an inland city located just
128 km southeast of Seoul. Neighboring
cities like Daejeon and Cheonan, while just
a few hours away from Gwangju, Busan
and Jeju, Cheongju boasts some of the best
logistics in the country. In addition, its
well-established transport infrastructure,
including Cheongju International Airport,
KTX Osong Station and grid highways,
takes full advantage of the city’s location.
Also hailed as the ‘city of education’, the
region is home to six universities, includ
ing the Air Force Academy. Combined
with a robust industrial climate, optimal
research facilities and skilled workers, the
city is well equipped to open the gates to
Korea’s aerospace industry.
Designated in 2009 by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport as an aircraft maintenance complex and in 2013 as part of the Chungbuk Free Economic Zone (CBFEZ), the Cheongju Aeropolis is set to lead Asia’s aerospace industry.
The 153,000 ㎡ aviation maintenance
complex (Aeropolis District One) and the
321,000 ㎡ aerospace industrial complex
(Aeropolis District Two) located through-
out Naesu-eup are made up of maintenance
facilities, parts production and assembly
facilities and an R&D center.
District One is the core of Aeropolis and includes training and air flight/airport serv ices. The cost estimate of this project is KRW 45.2 billion (USD 40 million).
District Two focuses on businesses sup- porting component repair and manufactur ing and avionics. 13 companies have signed MOUs agreeing to move some of their operations there, potentially account ing for 80 percent of the land available in District Two. Furthermore, Aeropolis is also a center for military aircraft develop ment. It is the base of the Fighter Wing 17 and seeks to introduce 40 new fight-
er planes by 2020.
The districts also house an aviation parts logistics center, support facilities and the Cheongju International Airport. In fact, Aeropolis is currently accommodating businesses specializing in aviation such as RH Focus and Sungwoo Engineering.
The Cheongju Aeropolis also aims to maximize economic synergy by building hi-tech infrastructure to support the aero space industry. Most notably, companies can also take full advantage of its superb ICT infrastructure, which centers on the semiconductor industry, a key part of the aircraft component sector. Furthermore, a number of departments at the Korea National University of Transportation offers R&D support in the mechanical aircraft sector. And thanks to its well-equipped R&D infrastructure, the region is is effectively converging technology and industry, fur ther boosting Korea’s aerospace sector.