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South Korea is a country in north-eastern Asia that occupies the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. South Korea is bordered on the north by North Korea, on the east by the East Sea (Sea of Japan), on the southeast and south by the Korea Strait, which separates it from Japan, and on the west by the Yellow Sea. It has a total area of 99,268 sq km (38,328 sq mi), including numerous offshore islands in the south and west, the largest of which is Cheju (area, 1845 sq km/713 sq mi). The state of South Korea was established in 1948 following the post-World War II partitioning of the peninsula between the occupying forces of the United States in the south and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in the north. The capital and largest city of South Korea is Seoul

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June 30, 2017

K-Air [added] was rebranded as Aero K prior to start-up [added]

May 31, 2017

Air Pohang is a proposed carrier to be based at Pohang Airport [added]

January 3, 2017

FlyYangYang is a proposed scheduled carrier for 2017, based at Yangyang International (YNY) [added]

Airlines

Aero K  added

^ Status :          Planned

^ Dates :           2017 >

^ Comments :   K-Air was rebranded as Aero K prior to start-up

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Air Busan   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2008 - date

^ Comments :   Air Busan was established in Aug2007 & started operations on 27Oct2008 as Busan International Air. Busan based regional carrier

^ Genealogy :    Busan International Air >Air Busan

^ Airline Code : BX : ABL

Air Daegu   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2016)

^ Comments :   Air Daegu was a start-up LCC that did not commence operations

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Air Incheon   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2013 - date

^ Comments :   Air Incheon was founded in 2012 as a cargo carrrier

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Air Korea   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2007)

^ Comments :   Jin Air was formed as Air Korea in 2007 and renamed before commencing operations

^ Genealogy :    Air Korea >Jin Air

^ Airline Code : LJ : JNA

Air Korea (Han Jin Transportation Company)   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1961 - 1968

^ Comments :   Air Korea was granted an air transportation license in 1960 as a cargo carrier

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Air Pohang  added

^ Status :          Planned

^ Dates :           2017 >

^ Comments :   Air Pohang is a proposed carrier to be based at Pohang Airport. The carrier plans to operate scheduled services to Gimpo and Jeju initially, before expanding operations to Ulleung, Heuksan, Yeosu and Incheon routes

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Air Seoul   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2016 - date

^ Comments :   Air Seoul has secured its business licence from the South Korean Ministry of Land. Started operations on 11Jul2016

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

AirAsia Korea   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2014)

^ Comments :   AirAsia Korea's launch plans were halted after the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) issued a decree prohibiting local airlines from setting up low-cost joint-venture operations with foreign carriers

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Asiana   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           1989 - date

^ Comments :   Asiana was established on 17Feb1988 & started operations as Seoul Air International 23Dec1988

^ Genealogy :    Seoul Air International >Asiana

^ Airline Code : OZ : AAR

Asiana Cargo   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           1990 - date

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Busan International Air   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2008)

^ Comments :   Air Busan was formed as Busan International Air and renamed prior to launch

^ Genealogy :    Busan International Air >Air Busan

^ Airline Code :  

Chung Cheong Airlines (Chungcheong Airlines)   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           2004* - 2006*

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Daeyang Air   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2009)

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Eastar Jet   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2009 - date

^ Comments :   Eastar Jet was established by major shareholder Eastar Group. Inaugurated its first domestic service, Seoul to Jeju, on 07Jan2009 & launched international services on 24Dec2009, with a flight from Incheon to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia.

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code : ZE : ESR

FlyYangYang  added

^ Status :          Planned

^ Dates :           2017 >

^ Comments :   FlyYangYang is a proposed scheduled Carrier based at Yangyang International (YNY)

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Hansung Airlines   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           2005 - 2008

^ Comments :   Hansung Airlines received its AOC on 25Aug2005 but it was withdrawn on 17Oct2008. Stopped flying on 18Oct2008. Restarted as T'Way Air on 16Sep2010

^ Genealogy :    Hansung Airlines >T'Way Air

^ Airline Code : HS : HAN

Incheon Tiger Airways   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2009)

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

JB Air   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2007)

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Jeju Airlines   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2006 - date

^ Comments :   Jeju Air was established in Jan2005 and began operations on 02Jun2006. On 11Jul2008, Jeju Air made its first international flight from Jeju to Hiroshima

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code : 7C : JJA

Jin Air   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2008 - date

^ Comments :   Jin Air was formed as Air Korea in 2007 & renamed before commencing operations on 17Jul2008

^ Genealogy :    Air Korea >Jin Air

^ Airline Code : LJ : JNA

K-Air  added

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2017)

^ Comments :   K-Air was rebranded as Aero K prior to start-up

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Kair Airlines  added

^ Status :          Planned

^ Dates :           2018 >

^ Comments :   Kair Airlines will be based at Cheongju, and aims to start operations in 2018 using A.320s

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Korea Express Air   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2005* - date

^ Comments :   Korea Express Air is an air taxi airline that was formed in 2005

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Korean Air   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           1984 - date

^ Comments :   Korean Air was founded by the South Korean government in 1962 as Korean Air Lines to replace Korean National Airlines, which was founded in 1946. Renamed on 01Mar1984

^ Genealogy :    Korean Airlines >Korean Air

^ Airline Code : KE : KAL

Korean Air Cargo   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2001* - date

^ Comments :   No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Korean Airlines   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           1962* - 1984

^ Comments :   Korean Air was founded by the South Korean government in 1962 as Korean Air Lines to replace Korean National Airlines, which was founded in 1946. Renamed on 01Mar1984

^ Genealogy :    Korean Airlines >Korean Air

^ Airline Code :  

Korean National Airlines (Air Korea)   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           1946* - 1962

^ Comments :   Korean National Airlines was formed in 1946. In 1962 it folded because of of low demand & the inability to compete with foreign carriers

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Kostar Airlines   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2009*)

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Nambu Air   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2016)

^ Comments :   LCC start-up Nambu Air is officially launched

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Pocheon Air   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2011)

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Pohang Air   

^ Status :          Planned

^ Dates :           2017 >

^ Comments :   Pohang Air is a planned scheduled carrier based at Pohang (KPO)

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Prime Air   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2016)

^ Comments :   Prime Air is to be the new name for uSKY Air

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

PurpleJet   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2009)

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Seoul Air   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2009)

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Seoul Air International   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           1988 - 1989

^ Comments :   Asiana started operations as Seoul Air International 23Dec1988

^ Genealogy :    Seoul Air International >Asiana

^ Airline Code :  

Seoul Air   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (2015)

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

T'Way Air   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2010 - date

^ Comments :   T'Way Air was established on 08Aug2010 & started operations on 16Sep2010

^ Genealogy :    Hansung Airlines >T'Way Air

^ Airline Code : TW : TWB

uSKY Air   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           2015 - date

^ Comments :   uSKY Air commenced operations. Is to renamed to Prime Air

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code :  

Yeongnam Air   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           2008 - 2008

^ Comments :   Yeongnam Air was launched & commenced operations on 25Jul2008. Busan based regional carrier that ceased operations on 11Dec2008

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code : OE : ONA

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