BUSAN, South Korea — Flights to China, Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia from Busan are increasing in frequency and number. Air Busan and Korean Air will open new routes to China, and Air Asia X is preparing a new Busan-Kuala Lumpur route to open in July. These airlines are particularly focused on flights that depart from Busan to China and Japan.
Korean Air and Asiana Airlines have increased their international flights from 1,486 per week last year to 1,543 per week this year, which is 57 more flights per week or a 3.8 percent increase.
There has been a sharp increase in regular flights to China and Japan. The two airlines have increased flights to China by 467 times per week and flights to Japan by 440 times per week. Flights to the Americas have increased by 147 times per week, a hike of 8.16 percent.
Korean Air has increased its Incheon-Narita flights from 28 times per week to 35 times per week, while its Busan-Narita flights have increased from seven times per week to 14 times per week.
Korean Air’s new Busan-Nanjing route will start operating on July 1, and flights will run four times per week. Korean Air will discontinue its Busan-Manila flight starting July 16.
Asiana Airlines will increase its Busan-Beijing flights from four times a week to 11 times, and increase its Busan-Guangzhou fights from two times to four times per week.
Air Busan recently began its Busan-Xian flights on April 3. It has also increased its Busan-Hong Kong flights from three times a week to five times (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Air Busan, which began its Busan-Hong Kong flights in May 2011, became the first domestic airliner to begin a daily Busan-Macao flight last July. Traveling to Macao and Hong Kong has become quite popular.
Malaysia’s Air Asia X, which began its Busan-Narita route last November, will begin its Busan-Kuala Lumpur flight this coming July. Air Asia X flies diverse routes via Kuala Lumpur, the location of its headquarters, to destinations such as Europe, Australia, India and Southeast Asia. Philippine Airlines also began a Busan-Boracay direct flight on April 11.
A flight to Kalibo, Philippines, which runs once a week, leaves Busan at 8:10 p.m. and arrives at 11:35 p.m. on Thursdays, while flights from Kalibo to Busan leave every Sunday at 2:10 p.m.
Passengers arriving at Kalibo Airport must travel by road for one hour and then take a small boat to get to Boracay.
Source: Busan City News