Busan’s Gadeok New Airport will open temporarily in 2029, officially in 2030

Gadeok new airport will open temporarily in 2029, officially in 2030

Gadeok New Airport will temporarily open at the end of 2029 and be fully operational by the end of 2030.

According to the recent tender issued by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the airport development project is planned for a construction period of 2,190 days, or approximately six years, from the project start date.

The temporary opening at the end of December 2029 is intended to ensure smooth arrivals, departures and passenger movements, while the remaining landfill, paving and additional civil engineering works will continue until the end of 2030.

Construction of the site, estimated at 10.53 trillion won, will follow a parallel design-construction method, allowing simultaneous progress in design and construction. The bidding process places significant weight on design and price scores, with the highest combined score winning the bid. Eligible bidders must complete a pre-screening process, with applications due by the 5th of the following month.

Consortia for the project are limited to a maximum of twelve companies, each of which must have a participation rate of at least 4%, equivalent to 421.2 billion won. Companies that deal exclusively with design are exempt from this limit. The period for submitting bids is from November 14 to 19, allowing time for the preparation of basic and detailed design documents. Consortia that do not win the tender will receive compensation for their design efforts.

In addition, the ministry has imposed restrictions to ensure fair competition: only two of the top 10 civil engineering and construction companies can form a consortium together. Local companies from Busan, Ulsan and Gyeongnam are encouraged to participate, with additional points awarded in the bid evaluation based on their involvement.

Construction is expected to begin preparatory work in December, with a focus on tasks that do not impact the environmental impact assessment. The main construction phase starts in June of the following year.