Two Korean airlines start Seoul-Naha route

September 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Flights between Seoul and Naha will increase to five round trips daily by the end of this year. Korean LCC Jeju Air will launch a round trip on the route every day from December 1, and T’way Airlines will do the same from December 25. It will be the first time Jeju Air has operated flights between Seoul and Naha. In addition to this, Jin Air, which is currently running flights on the route, will increase flights to two round trips a day from October 26.

Jeju Air uses the 189-seater Boeing 738. Tway Airlines uses the same airplane in a 186-seat configuration. Jin Air uses the 180-seater Boeing 737-800.

Seijun Wakugawa of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) said, “Okinawa aims to make Naha Airport a hub airport. We welcome airlines launching new routes. We would like to promote use of increased flights on this route. To support tourism exchange, we hope many Okinawans will visit Korea too.”

According to the OPG’s statistics, the number of Korean tourist arrivals in 2013 was 98,400, which was 2.2 times that of the previous year. The rising trend followed into 2014, as arrivals between April and August rose 64.9 percent to 51,600 compared to the same period last year.

(English translation by T&CT and Lima Tokumori)

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