Air Busan to expand international routes in July

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This file photo provided by Air Busan shows an A321LR jetliner. (Yonhap)

Air Busan Co., a low-cost carrier unit of Asiana Airlines Inc., said on Tuesday it would open more international air routes next month in response to the easing of travel restrictions.

In July, Air Busan will open new international routes – Busan-Nah Trang, Incheon-Da Nang and Incheon-Fukuoka – and reopen the five previously suspended routes from Busan to Ulan Bator, Osaka, Sapporo, Cebu and Malaysia’s Kota Kinabalu, a the company said in a statement.

The carrier aims to operate a total of 17 international routes – 11 from Gimhae Airport and six from Incheon International Airport – by the end of next month.

On January 23, Air Busan began offering one flight per week on the Busan-Saipan route following a travel bubble agreement with Saipan, a quarantine-free travel partnership between two or more cities or countries with situations Similar COVID-19.

The carrier resumed Busan-Guam and Busan-Fukuoka routes in April and May, respectively, and opened routes from Incheon to Osaka and Narita last month. It plans to reopen the Busan-Da Nang route this month while opening routes from Incheon to Nha Trang and Kota Kinabalu.

Air Busan operated 25 international routes with 25 chartered A321 aircraft before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the airline industry two years ago. (Yonhap)

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