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South Korea and Hong Kong to liberalise air services

26-Nov-2012 11:23 AM

South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs announced (22-Nov-2012) South Korea and Hong Kong have reached an agreement to liberalise air services. Details of the agreement include:

  • Passenger services:
    • No restrictions on the number of passenger seats that could be operated from South Korea’s regional airports to Hong Kong;
    • Increase in the number of weekly seats from the current 18,000 to 23,000 weekly seats for Seoul Incheon-Hong Kong services. From summer 2013 (from 31-Mar-2013) the number of weekly seats that can be operated will increase to 28,000 weekly seats and from winter 2013 (from 27-Oct-2013) there will be no restrictions;
  • Cargo services:
    • Increase in the number of weekly cargo volume carried from the current volume of 1362 tonnes to 1562 tonnes and from summer 2013 (from 31-Mar-2013) the limit will increase to 1812 tonnes per week.

The following South Korean carriers are operating services to Hong Kong as of Nov-2012:

  • Korean Air:
    • Passenger service: Two routes: Seoul-Hong Kong and Busan-Hong Kong service. Total of 37 times weekly services;
    • Cargo service: One route: Seoul-Hong Kong. Total of eight times weekly services;
  • Asiana Airlines:
    • Passenger service: One route: Seoul-Hong Kong. Total of 28 times weekly services;
    • Cargo service: One route: Seoul-Hong Kong. Total of six times weekly services;
  • Jeju Air:
    • Passenger service: Two routes: Seoul-Hong Kong and Busan-Hong Kong. Total of 10 times weekly service.
  • Air Busan:
    • Passenger service: One route: Busan-Hong Kong. Total of three times weekly service;
  • Jin Air: