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Asiana Airlines to Bring First Route to Ibaraki - Daily Flights to Seoul when Airport Opens

Asiana Airlines to Bring First Route to Ibaraki - Daily Flights to Seoul when Airport Opens

Asiana Managing Director and Japan Regional Director Dong Sil Hyun and Ibaraki Prefecture Governor Hashimoto

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On February 2, Korean carrier Asiana Airlines announced that it will operate on a new route connecting Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport with Ibaraki Airport (Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture) when it opens in March 2010.

On the same day, Asiana Managing Director and Japan Regional Director Dong Sil Hyun visited Ibaraki Prefecture Governor Hashimoto to tell him the news that seven weekly flights (one roundtrip flight daily) will be flown using an Airbus 320-200 (seats 141) and an A321-200 (seats 177). He also announced plans for three regular weekly flights to Busan’s Gimhae International Airport some months after the opening of Ibaraki Airport.

According to Asiana, travelers from South Korea and elsewhere are expected to use the new routes since they will provide direct flights from Ibaraki to two major Korean cities, as well as improved ease of access worldwide through Incheon International Airport.

Ibaraki Airport is also the site of the Air Self-Defense Force’s Hyakuri Air Base. As the airport’s opening approaches to only one year away it has continued trying to lure airlines to fly here, but it has only managed to establish just one route. While the airport has been told by Malaysian budget airline AirAsia X and other carriers that they are considering flying to Ibaraki, the airport released a statement saying, “We want Asiana Airlines’ flight announcement to lead to further routes to Ibaraki Airport.”

Asiana Airlines operates regular flights on twenty routes connecting fifteen Japanese cities with South Korea. Along with the carrier’s plans to fly to Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport when it opens in June, Ibaraki Airport will bring to seventeen the total number of airports with regular flights.

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