Aero K, formerly known as KAIR Airlines, is a proposed South Korean LCC to be based at Cheongju Airport. Aero K plans to operate point-to-point services to destinations in North East Asia, including China, Taiwan and Japan, as well as Vietnam. It was expected to commence service operations in 2018, however, the launch is subject to government approval and the carrier aimed to launch in Mar-2020, however a revised launch date has not been specified. The start-up placed a firm order for eight A320ceo aircraft on 13-Mar-2017.
On 26-May-2020, Aero K CEO Kang Byeong-ho reported the start up LCC had expected to receive an air operator's certificate (AOC) in Apr-2020, but the outbreak of coronavirus has delayed the process.
On 04-Jun-2020, North Chungcheong Province reportedly expects Aero K to be awarded an air operator's certificate (AOC) by Jul-2020. The provincial government said the start up LCC is prepared to commence operations with the launch of Cheongju-Jeju service in Aug-2020 if the AOC is awarded by Jul-2020.
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