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Jeju Air to double Guam flights

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JEJU Air will double the number of flights it offers between Incheon and Guam beginning Nov. 1. The low-cost Korean airline will fly its 737-800 aircraft to Guam twice daily. The plane has 189 passenger seats.

Jeju began serving Guam Sept. 28, 2012 with a daily flight departing Incheon at 10:35 a.m. and arriving at 3:35 p.m. The return flight departs Guam at 4:35 p.m. and arrives at Incheon at 8:35 p.m. The new service will depart Incheon at 8:10 p.m. and the return flight will leave Guam at 2:40 a.m.

The flight is being added as the airline has seen demand grow since it became the third Korean airline to serve Guam after Korean Air and Jin Air, according to Jace Kim, Guam station manager for Jeju.

With additional competition in the market, “Korean customers have had a lower ticket-price benefit than [with only] two airlines operating,” he said. “Therefore, the demand from Korean customers for Guam travel is increasing day by day.”

Additionally, the airline has focused on the free independent tourist, Kim said. “Before the Jeju Air inaugural [flight], most passengers were [sold a] full-package tour in Guam,” he said. Jeju operates a lounge in the Fountain Plaza in Tumon for its FIT customers.

At the lounge, Jeju FIT customers can receive accident and incident support, free Internet and Internet phone to Korea, travel and shopping information, a lounge membership card with discounts and other benefits, reservation services at participating businesses, rental car information and reservation service, free mobile phone charge and adaptor rental, and free soft drinks and coffee.

In addition, the Jeju Air FIT lounge car will provide pickup service between airport and hotel.

According to a Jeju official quoted on the Korea IT Times website, the occupancy on Jeju’s Guam and Bangkok flights is more than 80 percent. The airline is also increasing the number of flights on its Bangkok route.

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