First foreign low-cost carrier now flies to Okinawa
Jin Air, a low-cost carrier and subsidiary of Korean Air, is now flying regular flights between Naha and Inchon, Seoul, Korea.
Initial flights have been full, with 73.8% of flight capacity being achieved on return flights to Korea’s capital. Jin Air is flying modern Boeing 737-800 aircraft that carry 183 passengers. It is operating a daily round-trip flight. Normal fares will be ¥20,000, excluding fuel surcharges and taxes.
Okinawa Prefectural Government says the number of Korean tourists in 2011 was 26,000, an increase of 40% from a year earlier. Jin Air now joins Asiana as the second Korean carrier to serve Naha. Asiana flies routes both to Busan and Seoul.