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Incheon Airport – Kansai Airport with Air Seoul

The airline I chose for this trip to the Kansai region in Japan was “Air Seoul,” a low-cost carrier (LCC). Since the distance from Korea to Japan is relatively short, using a low-cost carrier didn’t cause much inconvenience, and I could visit Japan without significant issues. The proximity and the presence of multiple airlines operating on the same route make airfares to Japan reasonably affordable.

“Affordable Travel to Japan with LCC Airlines”

When traveling to Japan, there are numerous low-cost carriers operating flights from Korea to Japan. Utilizing these budget airlines allows travelers to access affordable airfares. Given the short travel time, even if the seats are somewhat uncomfortable, it’s generally tolerable.

With a multitude of airlines connecting Korea to Japan, it’s possible to plan an economical trip by strategically using these carriers.

“Air Seoul – Asiana Airlines’ Subsidiary”

Air Seoul, the airline I used this time, is a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines. Asiana Airlines established Air Seoul with a 100% capital investment and a capital injection of 15 billion won. The name “Air Seoul” was chosen to signify its operation from Incheon Airport, the Seoul metropolitan area, in response to Air Busan, an airline within the Asiana Group, operating from Busan.

The distinctive color representing Air Seoul is mint green, reflected in both the aircraft livery and the cabin crew uniforms.

“Incheon Airport – Kansai Airport Special Fare Ticket with Air Seoul”

In particular, the tickets for flights from Incheon Airport to Kansai Airport were available for a special fare of 30,000 won. Since this was a special fare, free baggage service was not included. To check in luggage, an additional purchase was required, priced at 40,000 won for a 15kg allowance.

While the ticket price was 30,000 won, considering other airport fees, fuel surcharges, and departure taxes, the actual cost amounted to approximately 140,000 won, even when purchased for a round trip.

Still, at this price point, it’s possible to visit Japan at a significantly lower cost, making it a helpful option for budget travelers.

“LCC but Equipped with AVOD Aircraft”

Despite being a low-cost carrier, Air Seoul occasionally operates flights with AVOD (Audio Video On Demand) systems installed on individual seats. Although the flight from Incheon to Kansai had AVOD, the return flight did not. The content available for viewing on AVOD is still limited, primarily consisting of the in-flight safety video and overseas hidden camera footage under the title “Just For Laugh.” Other TV programs are not selectable, and only the option to turn the screen on and off is available.

“A Smooth Landing Experience with Air Seoul”

The most concerning moment when using a low-cost carrier is often during landing. There may be some anxiety compared to flying on an aircraft piloted by a seasoned captain. However, with Air Seoul, the landings were consistently smooth, demonstrating a level of proficiency. Whether flying from Korea to Japan or returning, each landing showcased a commendable level of smoothness.

“Air Seoul”

  • Air Seoul Headquarters Address: 902, 211 Sejong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Website: Air Seoul