RoK's Jeju Air to open route to Da Nang
15:30 | 26/12/2017

VGP - Jeju Air Co., a  Republic of Korea low-cost carrier, will start flights to Viet Nam’s central city of Da Nang, between December 2017 and February 2018. 

 In order to meet increasing travel demand during this winter, the airline will also launch flights from the Jeju International Airport to Manila of the Philippines and Chiang Mai of Thailand during the period, it said.

The carrier added that it plans to open more flights from the Cheongju International Airport to Bangkok (Thailand), Taiwan (China) and Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) from January 4 to February 25, 2018.

According to a Jeju Air representative, the airline aims to increase its fleet from the current 31 to 39 by the end of next year. It will hire more 189-seat Boeing 737-800 planes to improve the quality of flights from Jeju Island to Southeast Asian countries.

Early, Jeju Air also opened Nha Trang route. The route was the latest move by the budget carrier to expand into Southeast Asia and Japan not only to absorb the growing travel demand but also to offset sharp declines in passengers from China.

In 2016, the RoK's six budget carriers Jin Air, Jeju Air, Air Busan Co., Air Seoul Inc., Eastar Jet and T'way Air Co. -- transported 56.8% of the passengers on domestic routes and 19.6% of passengers traveling abroad. The figures mark a gain from 54.6% and 14.6%, respectively, from a year earlier, according to the transport ministry. 

Last year, passengers on domestic routes jumped 11% on-year to 30.91 million and passengers on international routes climbed 19% to 73 million, government data showed.

                                                                                                                                                     By Vien Nhu

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