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Korea Market gets boost from Jeju Air

January 14, 2015

New twice weekly non-stop flight service launches between Busan and Guam

(Tumon, Guam) The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) is pleased that Jeju Air has recently launched its new twice weekly non-stop flight service between Busan, South Korea and Guam.

An inaugural ceremony was held last Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Gimhae Aiport in Busan for the new flights.  A Guam delegation consisting of Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio, GVB Deputy General Manager Nathan Denight, Miss Guam Chanel Jarrett and other GVB staff attended the event. They also met with Jeju Air CEO Kyu Nam Choi, Busan Regional Aviation Administration Chief Administrator Jongguk Lee and other Korean transportation and airport executives. The inaugural flight from Busan arrived into Guam in the early morning of Friday, January 9, 2015, with passengers being treated to a welcome reception.

“This is great news for Guam and we applaud the efforts of Jeju Air in helping us to grow and diversify our Korea market, which translates into more jobs and opportunities for our island people,” said Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio. “Our administration and GVB continue to welcome all visitors to Guam, especially as we move forward with the Tourism 2020 goal of bringing in two million visitors.”

“Jeju Air’s confidence in Guam as a premier destination is definitely going to help us achieve even greater visitor arrival numbers going forward,” said GVB General Manager Karl Pangelinan. “This past year alone, we received nearly 310,000 Korean visitors, which exceeded our initial 2014 goals. GVB has been working closely with the Governor’s Office and Guam International Airport Authority to encourage Jeju Air to pursue more routes to Guam. This inaugural flight is a clear demonstration of the airline’s commitment to grow our Korean tourism market and we just want to thank them for their support.”

The new seating capacity with Jeju Air’s 737-800 aircraft has the potential to bring over 18,000 additional travelers out of Busan and will help GVB reach its 2015 goal to bring in about 375,000 Korean visitors to Guam.

Jeju Air is a Korean Low Cost Carrier (LCC), affiliated with the Aekyung Group. The airline also operates daily flights to Guam out of Seoul, which began in 2012.

Media Contact: JOSH TYQUIENGCO - Public Information Officer