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Busan (photo: Korea Tourism)

SIA’s SilkAir to fly to Korean resort

The airline promises a smooth through check-in if they are connecting with Singapore Airlines via Changi.

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, announced today that it would launch direct flights between Singapore and Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city, later this year.

Starting from May 1, the Changi-based carrier will operate four weekly flights to Busan, a resort on the south coast known for its beaches, mountains and temples.

Busan is also home to a Sea Life Aquarium, many bars and views from Gwangalli Beach, a Buddhist shrine dating from 678 AD and hiking trails on Geumjeong Mountain.

Visitors can immerse themselves in local culture at Gamcheon Culture Village with its murals and painted houses set in the foothills of the coastal mountain and known as the ‘Machu Picchu of Busan’.

Singapore Airlines says that the launch of the Busan flights “will mark a milestone for SilkAir” as it adds its first South Korean city to its network and “demonstrates its commitment to bringing customers new and exciting destinations in the Asia-Pacific region”.

Currently, no other airline operates scheduled flights between Singapore and Busan.

Last year, Singapore Airlines revealed plans to upgrade and then to merge with its SilkAir subsidiary in the coming years.

Full service
The new Busan service will be operated with Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, featuring business and economy cabins, both of which have a “full-service experience” including inflight meals, wireless inflight entertainment, complimentary baggage and through check-in if they are connecting to or from another SilkAir or Singapore Airlines point via Singapore.

“We are pleased to introduce services to Busan, offering customers in Singapore and around the region yet another vibrant and charming destination to explore in our network,” says Foo Chai Woo, SilkAir’s chief executive.

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