Tourism plays a key role in the economy of Saipan, and Jeju Air’s new daily service from Seoul Incheon is clearly targeting leisure traffic. The daily service will face competition from Asiana Airlines’ twice-daily flights.
- Jeju Air continues to grow its international network from Seoul Incheon (ICN). On 1 October the Korean LCC began daily flights using its 737-800s on the 3,109-kilometre sector to Saipan (SPN), the largest island of the North Mariana Islands, a commonwealth of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean. The route is already served by Asiana Airlines with twice-daily flights. Jeju Air already serves Guam and is the only South Korean carrier to serve both airports. The first flight to Saipan reportedly carried 179 passengers.