Budget Carriers Expand Overseas Flights by 30%

Budget carriers are expanding overseas, increasing the number of flights by 30 percent on-year. They have particularly increased routes to China to meet growing demand.

Jeju Air said on Sunday that it began offering regular service on two routes from Incheon to Shijiazhuang and Jiamusi in China.

The route to Shijiazhuang is becoming popular as more Koreans visit Mt. Taihang in Hebei Province. Jiamusi is a prefecture-level city in Heilongjiang Province. Jeju Air also began flying to Yantai, Shandong Province this month.

T'way Air added a new route between Incheon and Jinan, Shandong Province, in April. It is offering occasional service on the Incheon and Haikou route and will operate flights regularly on the route starting next month.

Jin Air will launch regular service from Jeju to Xian, Shaanxi Province and Quanzhou, Fujian Province in October, and between Incheon and Fukuoka in Japan and Incheon and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia in December.

Next year, it will become the nation's first low-cost carrier to fly a B777-200ER, a large jumbo jet with some 300 seats, on long-haul routes.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 25, 2014 10:27 KST