Expect Incheon airport shuttles to begin filling up
May 24, 2006
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Fewer seats on the free Incheon International Airport buses may be available in the coming weeks as servicemembers and families begin the first traditional moving season in South Korea without the Patriot Express, according to Area II Support Activity officials.
The Patriot Express, an air service direct from Osan Air Base, stopped running last September. That means more military servicemembers, contractors, civilian workers and family members are using Incheon’s commercial flights.
The six daily shuttle buses from the Dragon Hill Lodge are meant to accommodate travelers on official business, according to Area II Deputy Commander Don Moses.
“Additional buses will not be added because we believe enough seats are available for official travelers,” Moses said in a written statement. “The Army shuttle service for U.S. servicemembers and authorized civilians on vacation is only provided on a space available basis.”
To deal with the shortages, Area II will have staff at the bus pickup starting in June to make sure passengers are seated according to priority:
Active-duty and Department of Defense personnel on official travel orders (such as emergency leave, temporary duty or permanent change of station) and their sponsored family members.Defense Department contractors on official duty.Other federal workers on official orders.Other passengers — including off-duty military and DOD contractors, Reserve and National Guard members, dependents and retirees — get seats on the buses on a standby basis.
Each bus seats 37 to 44 people, though extra luggage often takes up some of those seats.
Airport shuttle buses from off-base points in Seoul, including most major hotels, are available for 13,000 won, or a little more than $13, per one-way ticket. The buses usually pick up every 30 minutes.