By Yun Suh-young
Added security devices at Incheon International Airport (IIA) are expected to shorten the security check procedures at departure lounges there.
The IIA Corporation said Monday it has installed additional X-ray security scanners and started operating them from Sunday.
The four departure lounges that the airport has are now equipped with two more security devices each, allowing them to expand their departure lines to 10 each.
"We expect the added equipment to shorten the departure process for passengers, helping them quickly and comfortably go through the security check," said an IIA spokesman.
The number of passengers departing from the airport every day has increased yearly by an average of 7 percent since 2001 when it first opened.
The number of daily departures exceeded 52,362 in September this year, an 11 percent increase from the 47,189 recorded last year and double the 25,790 recorded in 2001.
The departure time at Incheon International Airport is 19 minutes on average which is three times faster than the recommended time of 60 minutes set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.