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Old April 4th, 2010, 05:00 AM   #141
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Air Canada, Asiana Airlines May Bolster Alliance

Air Canada said on Wednesday it is exploring a closer alliance with South Korea's Asiana Airlines to take advantage of growing business between the two countries.

Canada's largest airline said the companies signed a memorandum of understanding to build on last year's Open Skies agreement aimed at liberalising air transport between Canada and Korea.

Air Canada and Asiana are already codeshare partners and are members of the Star Alliance.

Air Canada operates flights between Vancouver and Seoul, and code shares on eight Asiana routes, including Seoul-Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul-Hanoi, Seoul-Busan and Seoul-Phuket.

Meanwhile, Asiana code shares on seven Air Canada routes, including Vancouver-Seoul and several in Canada.

A more extensive partnership will require approval by competition authorities in both countries, Air Canada said.

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China Southern launch Jiamusi – Seoul service

China Southern Airlines on 05JUN10 launched weekly Jiamusi – Seoul Incheon service, offering new nonstop route from the Eastern part of Heilongjiang Province.

Schedules below:
CZ6053 JMU1530 – 1900ICN 319 6
CZ6054 ICN1250 – 1430JMU 319 6

ASIANA AIRLINES launch lie-flat Business Class Seat “OZ Quadra Smartium”

ASIANA AIRLINES has announced the launch of new lie-flat Business Class, dubbed “OZ Quadra Smartium”. The new “OZ Quadra Smartium” lie-flat Business Class seating, which has direct access to aisle in staggered configuration, is currently installed on 1 2-class Boeing 777-200ER. A total of 4 777-200ER is being planned for the new business class seating by 2011.

As per airline’s web page of the new seating, the 777 equipped with the new seating as follows:

Seoul – Beijing OZ333/334 Day 367
Seoul – Los Angeles OZ204/203 Day 1 (Day 2 from LAX)
Seoul – San Francisco Day 367

Air India launch Seoul service from Aug 2010

Air India from 01AUG10 launches service to Seoul. 4 of 7 weekly Delhi – Hong Kong service will extend to Seoul, on board Boeing 777-200LR.

Schedule:
AI310 DEL2315 – 0700+1HKG0805+1 – 1225+1ICN 77L x256
AI311 ICN1415 – 1650HKG1805 – 2100DEL 77L x367

Hong Kong Express to relaunch Seoul service from July 2010

Hong Kong Express from 02JUL10 is to resume 2 weekly Hong Kong – Seoul Incheon service with Boeing 737-800. Currently the reservation is not yet available for this route.

Schedule:
UO612 HKG0230 – 0705ICN 738 15
UO613 ICN0805 – 1105HKG 738 15

Air Busan July 2010 charter to Tokyo Narita

Air Busan from 06JUL10 to 01AUG10 is operating charter service 3 times a week on Busan – Tokyo Narita route. Schedule as follows:

BX1125 PUS1020 – 1220NRT 734 247
BX1115 NRT1320 – 1540PUS 734 247

Korean Air to start Cheongju – Osaka Kansai service

Korean Air from 21JUN10 to 17JUL10 and 09AUG10 to 30AUG10 is operating 3 weekly Cheongju – Osaka Kansai Charter service with Boeing 737-900. The service will become scheduled service from 01SEP10, operating 4 times a week with 737-800.

Schedule below:
21JUN10 – 17JUL10 / 09AUG10 – 30AUG10
KE2735 CJJ1150 – 1320KIX 739 146
KE2736 KIX1510 – 1650CJJ 739 146

eff 01SEP10
KE735 CJJ1030 – 1200KIX 73H x246
KE736 KIX1300 – 1440CJJ 73H x246

ANA increase Tokyo Narita – Seoul Incheon in Aug/Sep 2010

ANA from 10AUG10 to 26SEP10 is to operate 3 extra weekly flights on Tokyo Narita – Seoul Incheon service, raising the number of weekly frequencies to 10.

Schedule as follows:
NH917 NRT1000 – 1230ICN 320 247
NH907 NRT1055 – 1325ICN 320 D

NH908 ICN1415 – 1635NRT 320 D
NH918 ICN1515 – 1735NRT 320 247

Korean Air Expands Hong Kong Market during Summer 10 peak season

As per 17JUN10 GDS timetable display, Korean Air is adding service to Hong Kong for the rest of Summer 2010 season. This includes return of Busan – Hong Kong service, plus the new Scheduled regular service on Cheongju – Hong Kong route.

Details below:

Busan – Hong Kong 6 weekly service resumption from 02AUG10 with 737-900
KE615 PUS2200 – 0025+1HKG 739 x7
KE616 HKG0145 – 0610PUS 739 x1

Service from Busan from 31OCT10 currently displays Daily service

Cheongju – Hong Kong NEW 3 weekly scheduled service (was scheduled charter service) from 27JUL10 till 30OCT10 with 737-800/-900
KE803 CJJ2255 – 0120+1HKG 739 257 -31AUG10
KE803 CJJ0955 – 1220HKG 73H 02SEP10-

KE804 HKG0220 – 0655CJJ 739 136 -31AUG10
KE804 HKG1355 – 1830CJJ 73H 246 02SEP10-

Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong Extra 2 weekly flight from 01JUL10 till 30SEP10 with 737-800 (Overall frequencies increase to 23 weekly)
KE8609 ICN1825 – 2100HKG 73H 7
KE619 ICN1830 – 2105HKG 73H 5

KE620 HKG0010 – 0440ICN 73H 6
KE8610 HKG0010 – 0440ICN 73H 1

KE619/620 operates as Day 57 from ICN (ICN1830 departure) from 03JUL10 to 26JUL10

Between July and September 2010, Korean Air offers up to 32 weekly passenger service to Hong Kong.

Korean Air 747-400COMBI Route Update

Korean Air has ended Boeing 747-400COMBI service on Seoul – Tel Aviv route. Airbus A330 aircraft is currently operating 3 weekly flight. Airbus A330-200 currently operates until 03JUL10, then switching to -300 till 30SEP10

Boeing 747-400COMBI’s sole route is Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong KE607/608, operating Daily until its planned last flight on 30SEP10.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 04:59 AM   #143
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China Eastern launch Hohhet – Yantai – Jeju service

China Eastern today (19JUL10) launches 2 weekly Hohhet – Yantai – Jeju service. Jeju is the 3rd international destination for Hohhet in inner-Mongolia, in particular.

Schedule below:

MU2647 HET1130 – 1310YNT1400 – 1640CJU 733 15
MU2648 CJU1740 – 1830YNT1910 – 2100HET 733 15

ETIHAD to launch Korea service from Dec 2010

ETIHAD from 10DEC10 launches Daily Abu Dhabi – Seoul Incheon service on board Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Schedule below:

EY872 AUH1005 – 2325ICN 332 246
EY876 AUH2245 – 1205+1ICN 332 x246

EY873 ICN0040 – 0620AUH 332 357
EY875 ICN1740 – 2320AUH 332 x357
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Old August 7th, 2010, 06:41 AM   #144
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Air Asia X launch Kuala Lumpur – Seoul from Nov 2010
Air Asia X from 01NOV10 launches Daily Kuala Lumpur – Seoul Incheon service. Operating aircraft is Airbus A330, but may switch to Airbus A340.

Schedule below:

D72682 KUL1355 – 2115ICN 330 D
D72683 ICN2320 – 0505+1KUL 330 D

Korean Air to Irkutsk from late-Aug 2010
Korean Air from 22AUG10 to 28OCT10 is operating 2 weekly Seoul Incheon – Irkutsk service with 737-800. In the past, the Skyteam carrier operates this route as charter service for a short time only.

Irkutsk is Korean Air’s 4th destination in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vladivostok)

Schedules below:

KE2983 ICN2005 – 0015+1IKT 73H 47
KE2984 IKT0230 – 0600ICN 73H 15

Singapore Airlines increase Seoul flights in W10
As per 03AUG10 GDS timetable display, Singapore Airlines is increasing Singapore – Seoul Incheon service from 18 to 21 weekly.

SQ608/609 flight increase to Daily, from current 4 weekly (Day x135)

Korean Air extra Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita flights in Aug 2010
Korean Air in August 2010 is operating extra flights on Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita route. Schedule below:

KE8703 ICN0620 – 0830NRT AB6 D 31JUL10 – 05AUG10
KE8701 ICN1810 – 2020NRT 333 25 06AUG10 – 10AUG10
KE8703 ICN0550 – 0800NRT 744 D 07AUG10 – 17AUG10
KE8703 ICN0620 – 0830NRT AB6 x2 18AUG10 – 23AUG10

KE8704 NRT2140 – 0005+1ICN AB6 D 30JUL10 – 05AUG10
KE8704 NRT2215 – 0040+1ICN 744 D 06AUG10 – 16AUG10
KE8704 NRT2140 – 0005+1ICN AB6 x1 17AUG10 – 22AUG10

Zest Air expands South Korea service
Philippines’ Zest Air has launched new service on Cebu – Seoul Incheon route, operating 4 times a week. From 17SEP10, the airline plans to start 2 weekly Kalibo – Busan service.

Schedule, taken from the airlines’ PDF timetable, as follows:

Cebu – Seoul Incheon
Z2046 CEB0120 – 0630ICN 320 47
Z2048 CEB1325 – 1835ICN 320 36

Z2049 ICN1935 – 2245CEB 320 36
Z2049 ICN2005 – 2315CEB 320 47

Kalibo – Busan

Z2058 KLO0115 – 0615PUS 320 15
Z2059 PUS0825 – 1125KLO 320 15

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Old August 16th, 2010, 03:19 AM   #145
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Korean Air Posts Record Q2 Profit

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Korean Air reported a record quarterly operating profit on Friday, powered by a boom in air cargo demand and consumer appetite for international travel.

South Korea's No 1 airline expects its earnings to peak in the third quarter on a firmer won and with passenger demand showing no signs of slowing down.

"Continuous recovery of South Korea's outbound traffic and strengthening of the Korean won against major currencies will boost the per-passenger revenue further up in the third quarter," the company said in a statement.

The airline said third quarter air cargo demand would slow down but that it expected a pick up in the fourth quarter, a seasonally strong period.

Korean Air said operating profit in the April-June quarter rose to KRW352.1 billion won (USD$297.9 million) versus the prior year's loss of KRW127.3 billion.

The company filled 77 percent of available passenger seats on international flights during the period versus last year's 66 percent. Its cargo space utilisation rate also improved to 78 percent from 76 percent a year ago.

The airline reported a net loss of KRW233.1 billion (USD$197.2 million) for the quarter ended in June due to currency exchange rate fluctuations and an increase in interest expenses.

The won fell against the US dollar in the first six months of this year, leading to a KRW209.5 billion exchange related loss for Korean Air due to increased costs of servicing dollar-denominated debt and for imported fuel.

Korean Air announced an increase in passenger and freight charges last month of five to 10 percent on many of its most popular routes. Three more passenger aircraft and an additional cargo plane will begin operations for the airline during the second half of the year because of improved demand, the company said.

"The rise in international flight fares beginning August is a good indication of overwhelming demand for the third quarter of the year," said Song Chang-min, analyst for KB Investment.

However the emergence of low-cost Asian airlines may crimp Korean Air's earnings on key routes. Malaysian budget carrier Air Asia has announced it will begin flying between Kuala Lumpur and Seoul's Incheon Airport in November.

Last month, domestic rival Asiana Airlines reported a KRW177.5 billion (USD$150.2 million) second quarter operating profit, recovering from a KRW129.5 billion loss a year ago.

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Hawaiian Airlines to launch Honolulu-Seoul service in January 2011

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Hawaiian Airlines will launch new direct service between Honolulu and Seoul starting in January 2011.

If the new flights are approved by South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, this will be Hawaiian Airlines’ sixth international route as it continues its aggressive expansion into the Asia market while boasting a new fleet of aircraft.

It already operates direct flights to Sydney, Manila, Pago Pago, Papeete and is awaiting final approval for direct service to Tokyo.

The Hawaii-based carrier said it plans to initially offer four direct flights a week between Honolulu International Airport and Incheon International Airport in South Korea’s burgeoning capital.

Wednesday’s announcement comes on the heels of Hawaiian’s entry into Haneda International Airport in central Tokyo — a new route set to start service later this year.

“The addition of Incheon is an important step in our vision to expand Hawaiian’s business into the fastest-growing region in the world,” CEO Mark Dunkerley said in a prepared statement. “This new nonstop service from one of the world’s largest gateway cities will increase visitors to Hawaii not only from Korea, but from all of Asia.”

Hawaiian plans to fly 264-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on the new routes, which are expected to add more than 54,000 new air seats a year between Hawaii and South Korea.

They will depart Honolulu International Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:15 p.m. and arrive at Incheon International Airport at 8 p.m. the following day.

Return flights to Honolulu will depart Incheon on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 10 p.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 10:45 a.m. the same day after crossing the International Dateline.

South Korea has emerged as a key visitor market for Hawaii thanks to the U.S. granting of visa waiver status to South Koreans in November 2008.

Visitor arrivals from Korea jumped 44.2 percent in 2009 and the new Incheon route is expected to bring $74.3 million in annual visitor expenditures to Hawaii, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Hawaiian also announced that its code-sharing agreement with Korean Air will be expanded to include the new flights to Incheon, pending government approval.

The two carriers’ existing code-share agreement allows travelers to book with Hawaiian flights that are operated by Korean Air between Honolulu and Incheon in South Korea, and Bangkok, Thailand, as well as other flights within South Korea.

At the same time, travelers can continue to book with Korean Air flights that are operated by Hawaiian between the Neighbor Islands, as well as transpacific flights between Hawaii and the Mainland.

Read more: Hawaiian Airlines to launch Honolulu-Seoul service in January 2011 - Pacific Business News (Honolulu)
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Jin Air seasonal Jeju – Shijiazhuang service
Jin Air from 23JUL10 launched seasonal Jeju – Shijiazhuang service. The 2 weekly flight operates until 17SEP10.

Schedule below:
LJ713 CJU1710 – 1835SJW 738 15
LJ714 SJW1925 – 2235CJU 738 15

Korean Air W10 SE Asia Operation changes
As per 19AUG10 GDS timetable display, initial changes to Korean Air’s 2010/11 Winter International operation, mostly South East Asia, as follows:

Seoul Incheon – Bangkok 3rd Daily service, KE659/660 operates from 06DEC10, with A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Cebu Boeing 737-900 replace Airbus A330-200/-300
Seoul Incheon – Chiang Mai Seasonal adjustment from 2 weekly 737-800 to 4 weekly A330-200
KE667 ICN1935 – 2250CNX 332 x246
KE668 CNX2359 – 0645+1ICN 332 x246

Seoul Incheon – Hanoi Airbus A330-300 replace 737-900
Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong Service is operating 28 weekly (until 30DEC10), first time in Winter season. There are also operational aircraft changes
KE613/614 333 Daily
KE603/604 744 Day x13 772 Day 3 77W Day 1
KE607/608 77W Day x246 773 Day 246
KE609/610 73H Daily

KE608 departs HKG the following day
KE609/610 operates until 30DEC10

Seoul Incheon – Jakarta Reduce from 11 to 10 weekly from 31OCT10 to 31DEC10, but overall frequency remains an increase compared to 2009/10 Winter only in specified date period
KE627 ICN1525 – 2030CGK 772 D
KE625 ICN1710 – 2220CGK * 135 -31DEC10

KE628 CGK2155 – 0645+1ICN 772 D
KE626 CGK2345 – 0845+1ICN * 135 -31DEC10

* operating aircraft variation
332 Day 1 333 Day 35

Seoul Incheon – Kota Kinabalu Service operating from 06DEC10 to 28FEB11 only for Winter season, A330-300 replace 737-800
KE673 ICN1820 – 2250BKI 333 26
KE674 BKI0020 – 0620ICN 333 37

Seoul Incheon – Manila Operational aircraft changes
KE621/622 773 Daily
KE623/624
31OCT10 – 26DEC10 333 Daily
27DEC10 – 21MAR11 332 Day 1 333 Day x1

KE624 departs MNL following day

Seoul Incheon – Phuket Operational schedule split
KE637 ICN1840 – 2320HKT 772 x67
KE639 ICN2040 – 0120+1HKT 772 67

KE638 HKT0115 – 0900ICN 772 x17
KE640 HKT0245 – 1030ICN 772 17

KE637/638 on weekends becomes KE639/640

Seoul Incheon – Siem Reap Gradual Increase from 4 weekly to 14 weekly during peak season
KE663 ICN1715 – 2100REP 73H *
KE687 ICN1830 – 2210REP 73H D

KE664 REP2200 – 0500+1ICN 73H *
KE688 REP2300 – 0640+1ICN 73H D

DELTA reduce Detroit – Hong Kong / Seoul service Jan – Mar 2011
As per 21AUG10 GDS timetable display, DELTA is reducing frequencies on Detroit – Hong Kong and Detroit – Seoul Incheon from late-January 2011 till late-March 2011.

Detroit – Hong Kong Reduce from 5 to 4 weekly eff 25JAN11 (Day x257 from DTW)
Detroit – Seoul Incheon Reduce from 5 to 4 weekly eff 01FEB11 (Day x247 from DTW)
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Air China adds 5th weekly Chengdu – Hefei – Seoul service late-Sep 2010
From 24SEP10, Air China is adding 5th weekly frequency on Chengdu – Hefei – Seoul Incheon service. New frequency operates on Thursdays. This route is operated by Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

Korean Air to increase Brisbane service in NW10
Korean Air from 31OCT10 to 25FEB11 is increasing service on Seoul Incheon – Brisbane service, where it plans to operates 6 weekly service, compared to 5 weekly during the same period.

For the first week of November, there is a variation on operating aircraft, including Boeing 747. Details:

31OCT10 – 07NOV10 332 Day x136 744 Day 37
09NOV10 – 21DEC10 333 Day x1
22DEC10 – 25FEB11 332 Day x1
26FEB11 - 332 Day x15

BNE departs the following day

Vietnam Airlines W10 Int’l Operation to Seoul Incheon and Busan
Hanoi – Busan Increase from 3 weekly to Daily, Airbus A321 service
Hanoi – Seoul Incheon Increase from 7 to 11 weekly. New flight operates with Airbus A321
VN934 HAN1040 – 1635ICN 321 x236
VN936 HAN2335 – 0530+1ICN 332 D
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Hansung Airlines reborn T’way Air



Hansung Airlines, Korea’s first low-cost carrier, officially announced yesterday after a two-year hiatus that it is resuming operations under the new name T’way Air.

“We expect the government to approve an air operation certificate based on 1,200 criteria before the start of the Chuseok holidays,” said Yoon Duk-young, the carrier’s newly appointed president and chief executive, at a press conference yesterday in Seoul.

Yoon served as vice president of Asiana Airlines, where he worked for 15 years.

He was also employed at Korean Air for 15 years.

“As soon as we receive approval, which is expected as early as Thursday, we will start flying eight round-trip flights per day from Seoul to Jeju,” he said.

A one-way ticket will cost 62,400 won ($53), 85 percent of what conventional airlines charge.

Hansung Airlines was the first budget carrier in Korea to operate domestic flights. Starting in 2005, it flew from Cheongju and Gimpo to Jeju.

But due to mounting debt, Hansung had to cease operations in 2008 when other budget carriers mainly operated by traditional carriers like Jin Air and Air Busan were established.

In April this year, the carrier won court approval to proceed with a turnaround plan after it found investors to supply capital.

Shinbo Investment Corporation is the main shareholder with a 15 billion won investment. Shinbo purchased 95 percent of the company’s shares.

T’way Air purchased two 189-seat Boeing 737-800 airplanes this month and hired 200 employees.

The carrier plans to either purchase or lease four more airplanes next year and another four in 2012.

“This year, we will focus on stabilizing our operations and offer domestic flights,” Yoon said. “Next year, we plan to offer international flights to nearby cities in Japan and China.”

To promote its expected relaunch, T’way Air said it will offer passengers free round-trip tickets from Gimpo to Jeju on the first day of operations.

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DHL Opens its Integrated Global Logistics Center at Incheon
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DHL Global Forwarding Korea Ltd., a Korea office of the world's industry leading DHL Global Forwarding, launched operation of its Northeast Asian global logistics hub facilities at Incheon International Airport on September 14.

IIAC announced that DHL Global Forwarding Korea began to operate its global logistics center for Northeast Asia at Incheon Air Cargo Terminal. With its operation started on September 14, the DHL logistics center is expected to become more time efficient by integrating warehousing facilities that used to be scattered around in Seoul Office and Incheon International Airport.

As a global logistics service provider operating 298 terminals in 23 countries in Asia alone with 10,500 employees, DHL Global Forwarding Korea handled 27,000 tons of import cargos and 29,000 tons of exports cargos in 2009 recording the No.1 and No.3 domestic market shares, respectively in import and export freight transportation.

The recently opened integrated logistics center is a 6,000 square meter (equivalent to 1,800 pyeong) air freight warehouse with direct investment by IIAC, which will be used for storage and transportation not only of export and import cargos but of high value added medicine and medical supplies.

Yoon, Young Pyo, Vice President of Marketing Division at IIAC said "As it neighbors DHL Express Cargo terminal and DHL Excel Supply Chain, the integrated DHL logistics center is much expected to be able to strengthen its brand value through mutual collaboration, and contribute to further growth of the integrated global logistics at Incheon International Airport.

The opening event held on September 14 was attended by Mr. Kelvin Leung, Chief Executive Officer of DHL Global Forwarding for North Asia Pacific, Song, Seok Pyo, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Korea, Yoon, Young Pyo, Vice President of Marketing Division at IIAC and approximately 100 guests representing Dell, GM Daewoo, Pantech, major airlines, and so on.

CEO Song, at the opening event, said "Operation of the integrated logistics center is expected to create approximately 37% of jobs, grow cargo volume by about 25,000 tons and thereby generating additional sales worth 70billion won by 2015."
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Airport Train Connecting to Seoul Station to Incheon International Airport to Unveil in Late 2010

Following its successful launch in March 2007 of the 37.6 kilometer railroad operation in first phase between Incheon International Airport and Gimpo International Airport, KORAIL Airport Railroad plans to unveil the second-phase operation with extended routes by the year-end connecting Gimpo International Airport and Seoul Station. With the new 20.4 kilometer rail line completed, passengers, living outside Seoul and taking train to Seoul Station, will be able to go directly to Incheon International Airport with a convenient transit to Airport Railroad at the Station.

As the Gimpo International Airport-Seoul Station line stops at Digital Media City station and Hongik University station, tourists will be able to reach popular tourist attractions more conveniently. KORAIL Airport Railroad will operate a slow train, which makes stops at every station, and a non-stop express train from Seoul Station to Inchecon International Airport, which will take 54 minutes and 46 minutes respectively until the final destination.

More conveniently, passengers will be able to check in at Seoul Station, as it is equipped with a city air terminal and baggage processing facilities to the customer satisfaction. In the meantime, KTX (Korea Train Express) will link local cities to Incheon International Airport in late 2012 to enable local passengers to arrive at the Airport without train transfer.

Full operation of KORAIL Airport Railroad in 2010, combined with expanded KTX network in 2012, will significantly enhance the Airport's accessibility from in-town. Furthermore, transportation from local cities to Incheon International Airport will become much more convenient and faster. Against this backdrop, the number of railroad users, currently posting 30,000 on daily average, is expected to go up significantly by absorbing the current airport limo users.
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46 minutes! A pretty long ride.....
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46 minutes! A pretty long ride.....
It's kind of a disaster. Instead of making a dedicated high speed line, like in HK, they've made a typical subway line with a half dozen stops, and more planned (two more stations on the Incheon section). Between Kimpo and Incheon, the current stations are not convenient to population centers, new and in development, and almost nobody uses them.

I've also heard that for now check-in at Seoul Station will be limited to customers of Korean airlines. #2
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It's kind of a disaster. Instead of making a dedicated high speed line, like in HK, they've made a typical subway line with a half dozen stops, and more planned (two more stations on the Incheon section). Between Kimpo and Incheon, the current stations are not convenient to population centers, new and in development, and almost nobody uses them.

I've also heard that for now check-in at Seoul Station will be limited to customers of Korean airlines. #2
ICN would have been like NRT had GMP not been horribly outdated and unexpandable.
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S. Korea's air traffic volume up sharply in Sept.: report
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SEOUL, Oct. 26 (PNA/Yonhap) -- South Korea's air passenger and freight traffic volume posted solid gains in September, bolstered by the Chuseok holidays and steady economic growth, a government report showed Tuesday.

According to the report by the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, the number of people using international airline services totaled 3.29 million last month, a 24.5 percent surge from the same month a year earlier.

Passengers using domestic air services also increased by a solid 13.4 percent on-year to 1.58 million, with air freight moving up 4.2 percent last month to 288,000 tons, it said.

"Seasonal factors like the Chuseok holidays that fell during the month played a role in the sharp increase of people using both international and domestic flights," a ministry official said.

Chuseok, or the fall harvest holiday, lasted for three days with many companies giving extra days off so workers could spend more time with their families. Many South Koreans in recent years have used the holiday to take short overseas trips.

The report also showed local low-budget airlines such as Jeju Air, Air Busan and Jin Air ferrying 570,000 people domestically last month, or 34.7 percent of the total.

The report, meanwhile, said that more direct flights caused the number of transfer passengers using Incheon International Airport to decrease 12 percent annually to 430,480 last month. The airport acts as a regional hub for Northeast Asia.

The ministry said passenger air traffic for the fourth quarter should continue to fare well, with cargo handling likely to pick up pace in the October-December period.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 06:42 AM   #156
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I don't think this airport rail service is bad. Seoul Station to Incheon Airport is about 60km and will take 46 minutes. Central to HKIA is about 35km and takes 24 minutes. Also, worth noting, when the downtown check-in first opened in Hong Kong, only Cathay Pacific and a few other airlines offered the service initially, but it has been expanded to most major airlines. Probably the same will happen with the downtown check-in at Seoul Station. I do however agree that a few of the stops between Gimpo and Incheon seem unecessary at present.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 10:00 AM   #157
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Airport Train Connecting to Seoul Station to Incheon International Airport to Unveil in Late 2010

Following its successful launch in March 2007 of the 37.6 kilometer railroad operation in first phase between Incheon International Airport and Gimpo International Airport, KORAIL Airport Railroad plans to unveil the second-phase operation with extended routes by the year-end connecting Gimpo International Airport and Seoul Station. With the new 20.4 kilometer rail line completed, passengers, living outside Seoul and taking train to Seoul Station, will be able to go directly to Incheon International Airport with a convenient transit to Airport Railroad at the Station.

As the Gimpo International Airport-Seoul Station line stops at Digital Media City station and Hongik University station, tourists will be able to reach popular tourist attractions more conveniently. KORAIL Airport Railroad will operate a slow train, which makes stops at every station, and a non-stop express train from Seoul Station to Inchecon International Airport, which will take 54 minutes and 46 minutes respectively until the final destination.

More conveniently, passengers will be able to check in at Seoul Station, as it is equipped with a city air terminal and baggage processing facilities to the customer satisfaction. In the meantime, KTX (Korea Train Express) will link local cities to Incheon International Airport in late 2012 to enable local passengers to arrive at the Airport without train transfer.

Full operation of KORAIL Airport Railroad in 2010, combined with expanded KTX network in 2012, will significantly enhance the Airport's accessibility from in-town. Furthermore, transportation from local cities to Incheon International Airport will become much more convenient and faster. Against this backdrop, the number of railroad users, currently posting 30,000 on daily average, is expected to go up significantly by absorbing the current airport limo users.
Only 8 minute savings between express and local trains? The train ride isn't so much faster than a taxi in decent traffic.
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Maybe if you caught a taxi at 3AM. Otherwise, it would take much longer to go from Incheon to Seoul station. I've done the hotel shuttles a few times in the evening and early morning and it always takes ages.
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Maybe if you caught a taxi at 3AM. Otherwise, it would take much longer to go from Incheon to Seoul station. I've done the hotel shuttles a few times in the evening and early morning and it always takes ages.
8pm Monday actually!
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Etihad appoints new airport manager in South Korea

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced the appointment of Shaeb Ahmed Alneaimi as its first Airport Manager at Incheon International Airport (IIA) in South Korea.

Based in Seoul, Mr Alneaimi will oversee the Etihad airport office operations at IIA.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways' Chief Executive Officer, said: "Seoul is a new and important destination for EtihadEtihadLoading..., and I am delighted to have a person of the calibre of Shaeb in this pivotal position.

"Shaeb will play a vital role in establishing relations and managing operations at IIA.

"His appointment is an excellent example of the positive results of Etihad'sEtihad'sLoading... Emiratisation strategy, which is aimed at attracting and developing top Emirati talent from across the UAE for key positions in our expanding network."

A graduate of Aerospace Engineering from Southampton University, Mr Alneaimi joined Etihad in 2007 and received extensive training through Etihad Airways' Emiratisation program. In 2009, he was appointed Duty Manager for the airline at London Heathrow Airport, overseeing various airport operations.

The Emiratisation program is a career development initiative for UAE nationals that offers a wide range of training opportunities and inspires a new generation of leaders. The program also helps raise the UAE national component in the private and public sector workforce in the UAE.

Etihad will operate a daily return service to Seoul from its home base in Abu Dhabi, operating Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route. The Etihad aircraft will be configured with three cabins, offering 2,800 seats each week to and from Seoul.
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