Asiana Airlines begins Naha-Busan route

October 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

From November 17, Asiana Airlines, which already operates a Naha-Seoul route, will start regular flights between Naha and Busan. They plan to have two shuttle flights a week operating by March 30, 2013. Given that demand for flights to Okinawa goes up in winter, the airline will increase the number of round-trip flights between Naha and Seoul from seven to nine each week.

There have been charter flights operating on the Naha-Busan route in January and February in the past, with 12 round-trips in 2011 and 16 in 2012. Steady demand is expected on this route, so they have decided to introduce regular scheduled flights.

A staff member of the Okinawa branch of Asiana Airlines said, “Busan is the southern gateway to Korea. These regular flights will help to boost Okinawa’s profile.” As demand increases they will increase the number of flights on the Naha-Busan route to three times a week. 

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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