South Korea’s largest low cost carrier Jeju Air is bringing back its flights between Jeju and Fukuoka in Japan after a four year hiatus this July.
The revived Jeju-Fukuoka flights will begin July 2, operating on a thrice-weekly schedule. From Jeju, the Fukuoka bound segment will depart in the late afternoon with an early evening arrival. The return leg will depart Fukuoka past noon with a mid-afternoon arrival in Jeju.
As the southern-most point of South Korea, Jeju is a popular resort destination drawing around 15 million visitors a year and the new flights will link the island to the 6th largest city in Japan. In a report from The Korea Herald, a Jeju Air spokesperson the airline is looking to tap into the growing travel demand for travelers living in southern Japan to visit Jeju, saying: "Jeju Air is the country's only carrier that will operate the Jeju-Fukuoka route to absorb growing travel demand to the resort location in the southern part of Japan.”
While its headquarters is on Jeju island, most of its international routes take off from Seoul’s Incheon Airport. From Jeju, the airline serves mostly domestic flights to key South Korean cities such as Busan and Seoul.
Jeju Air currently serves 9 cities in Japan including Tokyo (Haneda and Narita), Nagoya, Osaka, Okinawa, Matsuyama, and Fukuoka. It operates an all Boeing 737-800 fleet to 42 destinations throughout South Korea and Asia.