Sunday, April 5, 2009

Korean budget airline to fly to Macau, Bangkok

Korean budget airline to fly to Macau, Bangkok

Jin Air, Korean Air’s budget affiliate, has selected China and Thailand as its first two destinations for international service, the Korean Times reported yesterday.

The budget carrier, which started domestic service last July, said it would start international operation starting in October to Macau and Bangkok. Airfare will be about 80 percent of that of full service carriers.

“We are also considering operating to cities in nations with which Korea has made ‘open sky’ pacts, such as Osaka in Japan and the Shandong Peninsula in China. We’ll add three more destinations by the end of this year,” Kim Jae-kun, president and CEO of Jin Air, was quoted as saying in the report.

According to the Korean Times, Kim said Jin Air’s competitor on the international routes to Southeast Asia is not Korean Air but foreign carriers which take up 60-70 percent of the market, especially low cost ones.

The airline also expanded domestic operations between Seoul and Jeju to 24 from 16 last Sunday, and will newly provide eight daily service between Busan and Jeju today.

Friday, 03 April 2009
Macau Daily Times

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