Low-cost Korea airline to launch flights for Saipan

A low-cost Korean airline will start offering daily flights to and from Korea before Christmas of 2016.

Korean airline T’way Air would be offering regular daily flights from the Incheon International Airport to the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport starting Dec. 24, 2016.

The popular low-cost carrier will help improve arrival numbers from South Korea.

“We are very excited about the launch of new service between the CNMI and Seoul-Incheon with the inaugural flight of T’way Airlines on Dec. 24. It’s a timely Christmas gift for the CNMI as we welcome our fifth regular scheduled airline from Korea,” said Marianas Visitors Authority managing director Chris Concepcion.

“With their daily flights to Saipan we expect arrival numbers [of Korean tourists] to continue to increase. The MVA is working closely with T’way to promote the Marianas as a premier destination for the Korean traveler,” he added.

Concepcion expressed concern about the lack of hotel rooms on the islands as more and more tourists from China and Korea flock to the CNMI.

“We are concerned about the insufficient hotel room inventory, which limits our ability to accommodate more guests but we are hopeful the upcoming hotel projects will alleviate some of these issues,” said Concepcion.

T’way Air is a popular low-cost carrier based in Seongsu-dong, Seoul, South Korea. Founded in August 2010, T’way Air has a fleet size of 15 with flights going to 26 destinations including China, Guam, Japan, Laos, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the CNMI. T’way Air also provides domestic flights within South Korea.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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