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Jeju Air to Open Jeju-Fuzhou Route This Week
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According to Yonhap News,

Jeju Air Co., South Korea's largest budget carrier, said Thursday that it will launch a flight to the Chinese city of Fuzhou this week, in the latest push by South Korean airlines to expand their services in the world's most populous country.

The carrier said it will begin two weekly flights starting Friday, connecting South Korea's southern resort island of Jeju to the capital of east China's Fujian province. It said the upcoming service will be available on Wednesdays and Sundays with the 189-seat Boeing 737-800 passenger jet.

Still, the carrier has to win approval from South Korean and Chinese aviation authorities each month to operate the route, according to Jeju Air spokeswoman Yoon Ye-il.

She said the new route is designed to attract Chinese tourists to Jeju, one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Korea.

The total number of Chinese tourists visiting South Korea stood at 2.84 million in 2012, up 27.8 percent from a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The latest move came a day after Eastar Jet Co., another South Korean budget airline, announced its plans to launch a regular flight linking South Korea's central city of Cheongju with the northwestern Chinese city of Shenyang next Wednesday.

On Monday, Air Busan Co., a South Korean budget rival, said it will to launch direct flights connecting South Korea's second largest city of Busan with the ancient Chinese capital of Xian in April.

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Source: Yonhap News (Jan. 24, 2013)