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Korea steps back into the dark


The Korean Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs this week failed to reject a protectionist request led by its national airline to turn back the clock of liberalisation in the region. The request from several vested interests – worded in clear aviation nationalism overtones – was designed solely to protect local airlines from added competition – and the lower fares that competition would bring. [1240 words]

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  • Incheon Tiger Airways under attack from competitors; licence plans on hold "indefinitely"
  • North Asian markets (and airports) to benefit significantly from liberalisation
  • Conclusion: A call for leadership

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  • Planned South Korean LCCs
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