Seoul Gimpo Intl. Airport Spotting Guide

Our member Jan visited during his trip through Asia among other things Gimpo International Airport (formerly also called Kimpo), Seouls major international gateway until 2001 when it was replaced by the larger Incheon International Airport. Nowadays it is still quite active with almost 20 million passengers in 2013 and it is mostly used for domestic and regional flights.
This means that traffic is largely dominated by the local carriers from Korean and Asiana, to Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, T’way Airlines or Air Busan. You might also see a few aircraft from Japan or China, but they often seen only once during the day. Furthermore South Korea Coast Guard has a few aircraft based here, so if you are lucky, you might catch one of these as well. This makes Gimpo the ideal daytrip from Incheon, as with more days traffic will become very repetitive. It is advised to visit Gimpo with 14 ops (if that occurs during your visit), as this location was the only one tested and Incheon is not such a good option with that direction.

Jan Seba / Visited: March 2014

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Weather
Airport Information Runways 14R/32L 14L/32R
3.200 m (10.499 ft) 3.600 m (11.811 ft)
Spotting Information Ladder Not required
Car Not required. The spots can be reached using taxis and walking the remaining distance. For taxis, make sure the driver uses the taximeter, as they will try to rip you off with high prices if you simply jump in. It is advisable to prepare some maps at home to show to the taxi driver. Make sure the maps have the written name (in Korean!) of the location (or streets) where you want to go. Do not expect taxi drivers to speak English. Though some of them know one or two words it will never be enough so that you can explain where you want to go.
Restrooms Inside terminal buildings.
Drinks/Food Inside terminal buildings.
Hotels It is better to either stay at Incheon or in the city.
Season Weather is best in spring starting from March to May. October is also fairly good. Try to avoid the summer as it gets very rainy and the sun altitude is also very high.
Runway Usage  14R/32L Main arrival runway
14L/32R Main departure runway

Spot #1 – Fields – 14R Arrivals Afternoon
WHERE There are two ways to get to this location and both are complicated. If you are coming from the terminal (for example if you took the train to Gimpo from Incheon or the city centre) then the fastest way is to take a cab to Sangya-Dong. Make sure the taxi driver follows the road #39 in direction of Bucheon (it is signposted). Then have the driver drop you off close to one of the bridges next to the road and walk the remaining distance. Another way doesn’t involve a cab and might be easier, but you have to walk even further. Get off at the Gyeyang train station and select a walking route close to river north if the station. There should be a path through the park which leads you below the highway to the spotting location. Plan at least 30 minutes for the walk.
WHAT This location is good for arrivals on RWY 14R during noon and afternoon. When you are in the field area you can vary you location based on your preferences for angle and distance.
TIME Best light conditions are from 12.30 PM to sunset.
MISC. You are in the middle of some fields and as long as you stick to the paths, the owners should be fine with that. Take what you need with you, there is nothing close by.
FOCAL LENGTH 120mm for a B747, 200mm for a B738


Spot # 2 – 32L Arrivals Afternoon
WHERE The only known way to get there is by grabbing a cab the the crossing 오쇠동삼거리 nearby. From here on you have to walk south along the Ojeon-ro street and then into the big field there.
WHAT This location should be used for arrivals on RWY 32L during noon and afternoon.
TIME Best light conditions are from 12.30 PM to sunset.
OTHER MATTERS Take what you need with you.
FOCAL LENGTH Unknown

 

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