On 25 September Cebu Airport staff welcomed the crew of the first Jin Air flight from Busan. The four times weekly service will compete with three other carriers on the route for customers.
On the same day Busan Airport and Jin Air crew celebrated the launch of double-daily flights to Osaka Kansai Airport in Japan. Competition on this route will be even more intense with Jin Air now one of five airlines operating between these two airports.
- Jin Air, the low-cost subsidiary of Korean Air, has commenced new international flights from Busan (PUS) to Cebu (CEB) in the Philippines and Osaka Kansai (KIX) in Japan. Both flights launched on 25 September using the airline’s 737-800s. The 2,808-kilometre route to Cebu will operate four times weekly arriving in the Philippines at 23:15 and departing the airport at 00:55, arriving back in Busan at 06:05. Competition on the route is provided by Air Busan (daily flights), Cebu Pacific Air and Korean Air (both with twice-weekly flights). The 579-kilometre route to Osaka Kansai will operate twice-daily and will face competition from Air Busan (18 weekly flights), Jeju Airlines and Korean Air (both operating twice-daily) and Peach Aviation (daily flights). According to the airline’s website Jin Air’s only other route from Busan is a domestic service to Jeju.