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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]

Jan 3, 2017

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

>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline

Aero K  added in 2017
Status : Planned

Dates :

2017 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : K-Air was rebranded as Aero K prior to start-up
Air Busan   
Status : Active

Dates :

2008 - date
Airline Code : BX : ABL
Genealogy : Busan International Air >Air Busan
Comments : Air Busan was established in Aug2007 & started operations on 27Oct2008 as Busan International Air. Busan based regional carrier
Air Daegu   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2016)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Daegu was a start-up LCC that did not commence operations
Air Incheon   
Status : Active

Dates :

2013 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Incheon was founded in 2012 as a cargo carrrier
Air Korea   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2007)
Airline Code : LJ : JNA
Genealogy : Air Korea >Jin Air
Comments : Jin Air was formed as Air Korea in 2007 and renamed before commencing operations
Air Korea (Han Jin Transportation Company)   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

1961 - 1968
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Korea was granted an air transportation license in 1960 as a cargo carrier
Air Pohang  added in 2017
Status : Planned

Dates :

2017 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
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
Air Seoul   
Status : Active

Dates :

2016 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Seoul has secured its business licence from the South Korean Ministry of Land. Started operations on 11Jul2016
AirAsia Korea   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2014)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
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
Asiana   
Status : Active

Dates :

1989 - date
Airline Code : OZ : AAR
Genealogy : Seoul Air International >Asiana
Comments : Asiana was established on 17Feb1988 & started operations as Seoul Air International 23Dec1988
Asiana Cargo   
Status : Active

Dates :

1990 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Busan International Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2008)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Busan International Air >Air Busan
Comments : Air Busan was formed as Busan International Air and renamed prior to launch
Chung Cheong Airlines (Chungcheong Airlines)   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

2004* - 2006*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Daeyang Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2009)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Eastar Jet   
Status : Active

Dates :

2009 - date
Airline Code : ZE : ESR
Genealogy : Nil tree
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.
FlyYangYang  added in 2017
Status : Planned

Dates :

2017 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : FlyYangYang is a proposed scheduled Carrier based at Yangyang International (YNY)
Hansung Airlines   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

2005 - 2008
Airline Code : HS : HAN
Genealogy : Hansung Airlines >T'Way Air
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
Incheon Tiger Airways   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2009)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
JB Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2007)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Jeju Airlines   
Status : Active

Dates :

2006 - date
Airline Code : 7C : JJA
Genealogy : Nil tree
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
Jin Air   
Status : Active

Dates :

2008 - date
Airline Code : LJ : JNA
Genealogy : Air Korea >Jin Air
Comments : Jin Air was formed as Air Korea in 2007 & renamed before commencing operations on 17Jul2008
K-Air  added in 2017
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2017)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : K-Air was rebranded as Aero K prior to start-up
Kair Airlines  added in 2017
Status : Planned

Dates :

2018 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Kair Airlines will be based at Cheongju, and aims to start operations in 2018 using A.320s
Korea Express Air   
Status : Active

Dates :

2005* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Korea Express Air is an air taxi airline that was formed in 2005
Korean Air   
Status : Active

Dates :

1984 - date
Airline Code : KE : KAL
Genealogy : Korean Airlines >Korean Air
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
Korean Air Cargo   
Status : Active

Dates :

2001* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Korean Airlines   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1962* - 1984
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Korean Airlines >Korean Air
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
Korean National Airlines (Air Korea)   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1946* - 1962
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Korean National Airlines was formed in 1946. In 1962 it folded because of of low demand & the inability to compete with foreign carriers
Kostar Airlines   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2009*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Nambu Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2016)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : LCC start-up Nambu Air is officially launched
Pocheon Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2011)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Pohang Air   
Status : Planned

Dates :

2017 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Pohang Air is a planned scheduled carrier based at Pohang (KPO)
Prime Air  updated in 2017
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2017)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : uSKY Air >Prime Air
Comments : Prime Air was re-branded from uSKY Air (2014-2016) but did not start operations
PurpleJet   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2009)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Seoul Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2009)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Seoul Air International   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1988 - 1989
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Seoul Air International >Asiana
Comments : Asiana started operations as Seoul Air International 23Dec1988
Seoul Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2015)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
T'Way Air   
Status : Active

Dates :

2010 - date
Airline Code : TW : TWB
Genealogy : Hansung Airlines >T'Way Air
Comments : T'Way Air was established on 08Aug2010 & started operations on 16Sep2010
uSKY Air  updated in 2017
Status : Active

Dates :

2015 - 2016
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : uSKY Air >Prime Air
Comments : Prime Air was re-branded from uSKY Air (2014-2016) but did not start operations
Yeongnam Air   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

2008 - 2008
Airline Code : OE : ONA
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Yeongnam Air was launched & commenced operations on 25Jul2008. Busan based regional carrier that ceased operations on 11Dec2008
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