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Jeju Air opens Seoul - Phu Quoc flights

Released at: 18:43, 25/11/2019

Jeju Air opens Seoul - Phu Quoc flights

Photo: Jeju Air

New route to encourage more South Korean tourists to visit Vietnam.

by Le Diem

Jeju Air, South Korea’s largest low-cost carrier, has opened direct flights connecting Seoul and Phu Quoc Island.

Daily flights leave Incheon International Airport at 8.35pm and arrive at Phu Quoc at 12.45am, returning at 1.45 am and landing at Incheon at 9.20 am (all local times), for a flight time of around five hours.

The new route aims to meet growing demand for travel to Vietnam’s largest island and will cover for declines in demand for travel to Japan due to the ongoing trade row between the two countries. Jeju Air posted a net loss of 30.1 billion won ($25.6 million) in the third quarter of 2019 from a net profit of 31.1 billion won ($26.4 million) a year earlier.

With this latest flight, Jeju Air now operates eight routes to five destinations in Vietnam, with Phu Quoc joining Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and Nha Trang. The airline operates six domestic routes and 70 international routes, mainly to Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries.

Situated in the Gulf of Thailand on the Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand maritime economic corridor, Phu Quoc boasts a range of beautiful beaches and has gained worldwide popularity in recent years. It opened its international airport in 2012 and introduced a 30-day visa-free policy for foreigners in 2014.

More than 3.4 million South Koreans visited Vietnam last year, a 44 per cent rise year-on-year and accounting for 22 per cent of all international arrivals, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. In the first nine months of this year, 3.1 million South Koreans visited, up 22.5 per cent against the same period last year.

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