Jeju International Airport
Jeju International Airport (Korean: 제주국제공항; Hanja: 濟州國際空港; RR: Jeju Gukje Gonghang; MR: Cheju Kukche Konghang) (IATA: CJU, ICAO: RKPC) is the second largest airport in South Korea, just behind Incheon Airport in Incheon. It is located in the city of Jeju. The airport opened in 1968.
Jeju International Airport
Jeju Gukje Gonghang
Cheju Kukche Konghang
|Owner||Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport|
|Operator||Korea Airports Corporation|
|Location||Jeju City, Jeju Province, South Korea|
|Opened||26 April 1968|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||36 m / 118 ft|
Jeju International Airport serves many mainland destinations in South Korea, as well as international destinations in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia. In 2015, 26,237,562 passengers used the airport. It is home to the world's busiest airline route, to Seoul-Gimpo.
Due to the large number of passengers using the airport and its limited capacity, it was announced in 2019 that a second airport would be constructed on the island near the southern city of Seogwipo with an investment of 3.8 billion US dollars. It is expected to open to the public in 2025.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
Traffic and statisticsEdit
Due to the popularity of Jeju as a holiday spot in South Korea, the air route from Jeju to Seoul is the busiest airline route in the world. This is also one of the shortest air routes with 451 km. In 2019, there were 85 000 flights from eight different airlines, meanwhile, 17 million seats were deployed by flights between Gimpo and Jeju.
As Jeju has gained popularity as a resort destination, there’s an increase of international visitors from China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan. In 1997, Jeju airport handled nine million passengers. In 2019, the airport passed the 30 million milestones despite is designed to handle a maximum of 26 million passengers. In 2020, international visitors dropped due to COVID-19. However, the route Seoul-Jeju remained the busiest in the world, and flight delays are common.
In 2019, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport announced a $4.18 billion construction plan that would begin in 2021 in Seogwipo City, southern Jeju. The airport would take 50% of the domestic flights to Jeju and would help to transfer flights during bad weather. The airport would accommodate 18.98 million passengers by year.
Traffic by calendar yearEdit
|Passenger volume||Change over previous year||Aircraft operations||Cargo tonnage|
|Source: Korea Airports Corporation Traffic Statistics|
Domestic traffic by routeEdit
Busiest international routesEdit
|1||Shanghai-Pudong||633,394||4,672||China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Jin Air, Juneyao Airlines, Spring Airlines|
|2||Tianjin||181,340||1,105||Okay Airways, Spring Airlines, Tianjin Airlines|
|3||Beijing-Capital||142,725||1,068||Beijing Capital Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Air|
|4||Hangzhou||121,832||925||Air China, Beijing Capital Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, HK Express, Spring Airlines|
|6||Ningbo||64,369||449||China Eastern Airlines|
|7||Harbin||61,840||384||China Southern Airlines, Spring Airlines|
|8||Changchun||48,934||409||China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Okay Airways|
|10||Hong Kong||48,050||384||Dragonair, HK Express|
The percentage of passengers carried by the ten largest carriers in Jeju (covering arriving, departing and connecting passengers) in 2015 is as follows:
|9||China Eastern Airlines||377,424||377,424||1.44%|
|10||China Southern Airlines||175,792||175,792||0.67%|
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- On 10 August 1994, Korean Air Flight 2033 overran the runway while attempting to land at Jeju International Airport. All 160 persons on board survived.
- On 28 July 2011, Asiana Airlines Flight 991 experienced an in-flight fire and crashed while attempting to divert to Jeju. Both pilots were killed.
- Airport information for RKPC at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
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