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Hong Kong To South Korea: Other Possible Routes?

Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:37 pm

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.

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RE: Hong Kong To South Korea: Other Possible Route

Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:49 pm

Non-stop flights to places like Jeju,Taegu and Gwangju are well ahead of its time. CX's subsidiary, Dragonair, did not even commence flights to Busan, until now (or to be precise, last Friday...).
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RE: Hong Kong To South Korea: Other Possible Routes?

Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:54 pm

Quoting CXoneWorld (Reply 1):
Non-stop flights to places like Jeju,Taegu and Gwangju are well ahead of its time

So how come there are about 7 daily non-stop flights to Jeju from Taipei? Hong Kong is one of the most dynamic Asian cities.

Anyway, let's automatically assume there's no issue regarding slots or permission from either end.

Quoting CXoneWorld (Reply 1):
CX's subsidiary, Dragonair, did not even commence flights to Busan, until now (or to be precise, last Friday...).

But then KE operate five-times-weekly from HKG to PUS. And it probably has done so for a good while.
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RE: Hong Kong To South Korea: Other Possible Route

Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:05 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2):
So how come there are about 7 daily non-stop flights to Jeju from Taipei? Hong Kong is one of the most dynamic Asian cities.

From what I understand, Jeju is one popular transit port for Taiwanese businesspeople on their way to the PRC.

I have a link to an article below which suggests that flying to PVG via Jeju saves about 1.5 hour than otherwise through HKG

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/biz/...chives/2006/08/20/2003323994/print
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RE: Hong Kong To South Korea: Other Possible Routes?

Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:11 pm

Thanks for the link - most interesting.

I can certainly attest to the huge number of flights from both TPE and KHH to MFM (no need to mention the flights from Taiwan to HKG, which very much speak for themselves).

I should have guessed it'd have been about connecting to/from China.
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RE: Hong Kong To South Korea: Other Possible Routes?

Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:44 pm

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.

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