Correction: This article incorrectly suggested Pyongyang’s international airport was nearing completion, to be opened on October 10.
Subsequent information from readers, confirmed by a source in the DPRK, indicates that significant work still remains to be completed inside the terminal and on the runway.
The construction of the Pyongyang International Airport is entering its final stages, with work advancing on the main terminal and runways, sources within North Korea confirmed to NK News.
The large scale infrastructure project is scheduled for completion on October 10, and while the exact date it is expected to open is unknown, steady progress is being made.
“Part of the military construction units involved are on one side completing construction of the main terminal building and on the other side they are building a new runway,” a source based in Pyongyang, who requested anonymity, told NK News.
It has also been observed that high quality concrete has been laid over what was previously described as “a pretty uneven” runway.
The source said that with increased pressure to finish the airport by October 10 comes increasingly difficult conditions for the construction units tasked with its completion.
“Everything at the airport must be ready by October 10, which once again leads to ‘Korean speed’ and slavery work of the soldier-construction workers,” the source said.
Footage published on a Chinese video hosting website, likely filmed by tourists, also shows construction advancing on the outside of the main terminal.
The Pyongyang International Airport is a high-priority project for North Korea’s leadership and leader Kim Jong Un completed a field guidance visit of the site as recently as July.
During the visit Kim “stressed that the Terminal of Pyongyang International Airport is like a gateway to Pyongyang and the face of the country,” according to a Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) report.
“He underscored the need to build it as a proud edifice in the era of the Workers’ Party both in architectural style and contents and as befitting the appearance of the highly civilized socialist nation,” the KCNA article said.
Kim was also accompanied by Vice Marshal of the KPA Hwang Pyong So, director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, and KPA Lieut. General Ma Won Chun, director of the Designing Department of the NDC.
Additional reporting: Chad O’Carroll
Featured Image: KCNA
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