Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19612 posts, RR: 51 Posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3169 times:
Assuming no slot availability issues and no permission problems, would any routes from Hong Kong to South Korea, bar to both Seoul and Busan, be viable on a non-stop basis, even on a couple/few-times-per-week basis, by, say, a 320-sized aircraft? Other possible cities might include Jeju (many flights per day from Taipei, daily from Tokyo, Osaka, etc, etc), Taegu and Gwangju. Think brand-new markets, new opportunities, niche markets, etc.
[Edited 2007-01-26 13:38:49]
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Articulatexpat From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2006, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3080 times:
Korean Air serves Shanghai from Cheongju and Gwangju, in addition to Seoul and Busan. There's also a nonstop to Beijing from Daegu. If you're not familiar with Korea's geography, Daejeon doesn't have an international airport; Cheongju serves that role. No idea why.
Asiana serves Shanghai from Daegu and Jeju. From Jeju, they also fly to Fukuoka.
If Wikipedia is to be believed:
China Eastern flies to Gwangju from Shanghai.
China Southern flies to Cheongju from Shenyang and Guangzhou.
Aero Mongolia flies to Ulaanbataar from Cheongju.
Hong Kong Airlines flies to Hong Kong from Daegu. From Daegu, there's also service to Beijing (Air China), Manila (Air Philippines), Macau (Air Macau), and Guangzhou (China Southern).
And from Jeju: Beijing and Shanghai (China Eastern); Shenyang (China Southern); Taipei (Far Eastern Air Transport and TransAsia Airways); plus a few Japanese and Chinese destinations not shown on the Korean Air and the Asiana websites.
I'm surprised there are not more routes to Hong Kong. Daegu is Korea's 3rd-largest city. It's only an hour or so from Busan on KTX, though; I'm not sure how many Daegu people use the Busan airport for international travel.
And now for a mildly tangential comment. What I find maddening about flight availability is trying to book online. China Airlines flies here from Taipei but you can't book travel from Korea on their website... in English. You can on the Korean site, but not on the English one. That is beyond stupid. There are a few other airline websites like this. Evidently everyone living here is fluent in Korean. Or so goes the thinking.