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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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May 31, 2017 Air Pohang is a proposed carrier to be based at Pohang Airport [added]
May 11, 2017 Kair Airlines will be based at Cheongju, and aims to start operations in 2018 using A.320s [added]
January 3, 2017 FlyYangYang is a proposed scheduled carrier for 2017, based at Yangyang International (YNY) [added]

Airline

Status Operating Dates
Air Busan   

2008 - date

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

Air Daegu   

(2016)

(2016)

^ Comments : Air Daegu is a start-up LCC

^ Genealogy :  

Air Incheon   

2013 - date

2013 - date

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

^ Genealogy :  

Air Korea   

(2007)

(2007)

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

^ Genealogy : Air Korea >Jin Air

Air Korea (Han Jin Transportation Company)   

1961 - 1968

1961 - 1968

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

^ Genealogy :  

Air Pohang  added

2017 >

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 :  

Air Seoul   

2016 - date

2016 - date

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

^ Genealogy :  

AirAsia Korea   

(2014)

(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 :  

Asiana   

1989 - date

1989 - date

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

^ Genealogy : Seoul Air International >Asiana

Asiana Cargo   

1990 - date

1990 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Busan International Air   

(2008)

(2008)

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

^ Genealogy : Busan International Air >Air Busan

Chung Cheong Airlines (Chungcheong Airlines)   

2004* - 2006*

2004* - 2006*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Daeyang Air   

(2009)

(2009)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Eastar Jet   

2009 - date

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 :  

FlyYangYang  added

2017 >

2017 >

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

^ Genealogy :  

Hansung Airlines   

2005 - 2008

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

Incheon Tiger Airways   

(2009)

(2009)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

JB Air   

(2007)

(2007)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Jeju Airlines   

2006 - date

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 :  

Jin Air   

2008 - date

2008 - date

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

^ Genealogy : Air Korea >Jin Air

Kair Airlines  added

2018 >

2018 >

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

^ Genealogy :  

Korea Express Air   

2005* - date

2005* - date

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

^ Genealogy :  

Korean Air   

1984 - date

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

Korean Air Cargo   

2001* - date

2001* - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Korean Airlines   

1962* - 1984

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

Korean National Airlines (Air Korea)   

1946* - 1962

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 :  

Kostar Airlines   

(2009*)

(2009*)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Nambu Air   

(2016)

(2016)

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

^ Genealogy :  

Pocheon Air   

(2011)

(2011)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Pohang Air   

2017 >

2017 >

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

^ Genealogy :  

Prime Air   

(2016)

(2016)

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

^ Genealogy :  

PurpleJet   

(2009)

(2009)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Seoul Air   

(2009)

(2009)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Seoul Air International   

1988 - 1989

1988 - 1989

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

^ Genealogy : Seoul Air International >Asiana

Seoul Air   

(2015)

(2015)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

T'Way Air   

2010 - date

2010 - date

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

^ Genealogy : Hansung Airlines >T'Way Air

uSKY Air   

2015 - date

2015 - date

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

^ Genealogy :  

Yeongnam Air   

2008 - 2008

2008 - 2008

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

^ Genealogy :  

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