Jin Air serving six foreign cities as Xi'an flights resume
Airlines are flying more international routes as travel restrictions imposed by foreign countries on visitors are being eased. Domestic routes are also returning.
Jin Air announced Tuesday it is resuming its Jeju-Xi’an-Incheon service Thursday.
The flight by the budget carrier, 60 percent owned by Hanjin KAL, will leave Jeju International Airport at 8:30 a.m. and return from Xi’an, China, at 12:40 p.m. to Incheon International Airport.
Jin Air said that the flight will help people studying and living in Xi'an, which is in central China.
The airline currently serves five foreign destinations: Bangkok; Hanoi, Vietnam; Taipei, Taiwan; and Narita and Osaka in Japan.
In March, Chinese authorities dramatically reduced the number of international flights to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but it has recently agreed with Korea’s Transport Ministry to double the number of flights between Korea and China from 10 a week to 20 in July.
Ahead of the summer vacation, Jeju Air is operating a number of nonscheduled domestic flights. Nonscheduled flights are offered on specific days or for a short period of time to meet demand and are not offered an a regular basis throughout the year.
Starting Friday, Jeju Air will offer a nonscheduled service connecting Gimhae, South Gyeongsang, and Yangyang, Gangwon — a popular summer vacation spot for surfers.
The plane will leave Gimhae at 10:35 a.m. and return from Yangyang at 3:20 p.m. daily through Aug. 23.
From July 17 through Oct. 24, Jeju Air is flying nonscheduled flights connecting Jeju and Muan, South Jeolla. The budget carrier, 56.94 percent owned by AK Holdings, will operate the route four times a week, on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The flight will leave Jeju at 12:10 p.m. and return from Muan at 1:40 p.m.
From July 24, Jeju Air is upgrading its nonscheduled services connecting Gimpo, Gyeonggi, and Yeosu, South Jeolla, as well as its Yeosu-Jeju route to scheduled services.
Air Busan, 44.17 percent owned by Asiana Airlines, is taking its Ulsan-Gimpo and Ulsan-Jeju routes to three times a day from two starting from Friday through Aug. 30.
“The number of passengers in the Ulsan-Gimpo flights last month doubled compared to January,” Air Busan wrote in a statement. “Passengers are seen to have found the flight schedules and the cost more attractive than the railway.”
BY JIN MIN-JI [firstname.lastname@example.org]