Jin Air Increases Flights to the Philippines

Korean budget carrier Jin Air, a subsidiary of Korean Air, is expanding its footprint in the Philippines as it begins flying new routes to Cebu and Kalibo. The carrier launched new service from Busan to Cebu on September 25, which will be followed by seasonal flights from Seoul Incheon to Kalibo on December 1. 

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The flights from Busan to Cebu are being operated by the budget carrier's Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Flights will be operated four times weekly on the 2,808 kilometre route, which will now bring the total number of airlines competing on the route up to four. Jin Air will compete directly against Air Busan, which operates daily flights, as well as Korean Air and Cebu Pacific, which both operate twice weekly services. 

In December, Jin Air will reintroduce non-stop service from Seoul Incheon to Kalibo, gateway to the popular resort destination of Boracay Island. On December 1, the carrier will operate a daily Boeing 737-800 flight between the two cities, which will enable Korean tourists to enjoy a Christmas holiday in the sun. Korea is currently the top source of tourists to the Philippines. 

Last May, Jin Air announced that it would increase the number of flights between Seoul Incheon and Clark International Airport in Pampanga. On May 6, the carrier increased its four weekly flights to daily service. According to Clark International Airport officials, the decision by the Korean budget carrier is a sign of their trust and confidence in the Manila alternative airport. 

Jin Air has been flying to Clark International Airport since 2011. Its Boeing 737-800 aircraft are in an all-economy configuration with the capacity to seat up to 189 passengers. 

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