Present at the welcome ceremony for Korean Air’s new service to Okinawa from Seoul Incheon on 5 May were: the current Governor of Okinawa Prefecture, Mr. Takeshi Onaga; the President of Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB), Mr. Taira Chokei; and Korean Air’s Regional Director for Japan, Mr. Kim, Jeong Soo. The new route will operate daily with a mix of aircraft.
- Korean Air on 5 May launched flights from Seoul Incheon (ICN) to Okinawa (OKA) in Japan. The 1,259-kilometre route will be operated daily by the SkyTeam carrier using a mix of 777-200ERs and A330-200s according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. The route is already served by five other carriers; Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Airlines, Peach Aviation and t’way air, who all serve the market with daily flights. Okinawa thus becomes the 12th Japanese destination served by Korean Air from Seoul Incheon joining Aomori, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Komatsu, Nagoya, Niigata, Okayama, Osaka Kansai, Sapporo, Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita. Two days earlier, on 3 May, The Korean flag-carrier had also resumed domestic flights from Seoul Gimpo (GMP) to Pohang (KPO). The 291-kilometre route was last flown in June 2014, when Pohang Airport closed for infrastructure improvements. Korean Air will serve the route twice-daily with 737-800s.