* Date : 2015-01-02
Incheon International Airport Corp. has become the first airport in the world that was inducted into Global Traveler's Hall of Fame after winning the international travel magazine's award for the world's best airport for 10 straight years. It already has the world's top status, being ranked the third busiest airport by international cargo traffic, the ninth busiest airport by international passengers and accumulated users of 400 million people. But its competition with neighboring countries' airports has become fiercer. Japan's Haneda Airport has increased international routes, while China, which had relatively less long distance flights, has also boosted direct international routes, challenging the global hub airport. As a result, the ratio of transfer passengers to total international passengers at Incheon Airport is falling. We will find out what issues lie ahead of Incheon Airport in 2015 and which directions it should take.
Interviewee: KIM Sei-wan, Economics professor, Ewha Womans University
The year 2015 has dawned. Last year, there weren't any large negative factors like a financial crisis in the global economy, but on the whole, low growth trends persisted. Korea also had a tough year because of sluggish domestic demand. Local stock market also barely managed to end above the 1900 level. With the government announcing it will once again do its best to revive the economy in 2015 by taking policies to revitalize domestic demand, what risks and opportunities lie ahead of Korea's economy in 2015? And how can we prepare for them? For the first episode of New Year's special on the outlook for the global economy, we will forecast Korea's economy in 2015.
Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) has announced promising future technologies that will have a social and economic impact in the next decade. From biomimetic robots that mimic insects or animals, 4D printers that take a step further than 3D printers, unmanned navigating technology that autonomously controls vehicles or airplanes to meta-material application technology used in development of transparent cape. We will shed lights on the promising technologies that will drive 2015 and beyond.
With the emergence of gigabit internet, which is 10 times faster than the existing internet, at the end of 2014, the competition for faster internet has reignited after 100 Mbps broadband LAN came into wide use eight years ago. From holograms, virtual reality to 4K ultra high definition multimedia, gigabit internet is set to become a highway for ultra connected society. We will look into the concept of gigabit internet that is emerging as a hot topic for ICT in 2015 and forecast the ICT environment that will change because of this.
What is the best scenario of inter-Korean relations Korean people want to see in the new year? The relations went round in circles last year, moving between strained and reconciled mood. But as this year marks the 70th year of the country's independence, people's expectations over an improvement in inter-Korean relations have grown. We will examine the inter-Korean relations people want, this year's outlook for the relations and ways to improve the relations.