Korean Air Lines starts flight between Naha and Seoul

Korean Air Lines starts flight between Naha and Seoul

JungSoo Kim of Korean Air Lines (four from the left) and Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga (three from the left) attended the ceremony to celebrate the first regular flight between Naha and Seoul at Naha International Airport terminal building on May 5.


May 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Korean Air Lines, the largest airline in South Korea, began regular flights between Naha and Seoul on May 5. This is the first time the airline has operated regular flights to Okinawa on the Seoul-Naha route. On the first flight from Seoul’s Incheon International Airport 236 people were on board with seat occupancy at 95 percent. This is the 118th regular flight service for the company.

The airline has been operating 20 charter flights between Naha and Inchon in January and February, and one charter flight between Ishigaki and Inchon in February. But until now, it has not operated regular flights throughout the year. The company aims for seat occupancy of 90 percent on an average.

A ceremony to celebrate the first regular flight between Naha and Seoul was held at Naha International Airport terminal building on the same day as the flight. JungSoo Kim of the Korean Air Lines said, “We would like to increase not only the number of tourists going from South Korea to Okinawa but also tourists going from Okinawa to South Korea.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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