JEJU, South Korea (Reuters) – Kim Bo-Min, a Starbucks barista, paid 140,000 won ($118) for a round-trip from her hometown of Daegu to the popular resort island of Jeju, arriving on T’Way Air Co Ltd, part of South Korea’s rapidly growing low-cost airline sector.
The route between Jeju and Seoul has in fact emerged as the world’s busiest domestic one as travelers like Bo-Min flock to the southern resort island, lured by cheaper rates from budget carriers. The 28-year-old barista would have paid 22% more if she had flown Korean Air Lines Co Ltd.
“I have taken both full-service airlines and budget carriers for my previous Jeju trips, but I do not think there is much difference when it comes to services,” she told Reuters after her flight of under one hour to Jeju.
Korean low-cost carriers (LCCs) have cornered a large chunk of the domestic market since Jeju Air Co Ltd launched in 2005 with five Q400 turboprops, turning up the heat for bigger players like Korean Air and Asiana…
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