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|May 23, 2011

Flights from Seoul - Korea's Flag Carrier

Asiana Airlines (c) Rachel

Is it nice to take a fly with airlines whose known to have a comfortable flight, the stewards actually serve you, the seats are more comfortable to nap, and you might find yourself asking for seconds of the food.Generally speaking, the Asian and Middle Eastern airlines offer service that far exceeds that of North America and Europe.

One of the flights in Seoul the Asiana has grabbed one of the best airlines to fly with. The only South Korean Airline that was named the Airline of the Year, at the 2010 annual World Airline Awards in Hamburg, Germany. A blog "Bukisa" states that "Flying can be such a drag. Between getting the airport, getting through security, and then having to sit through hours of unpleasant, stale-aired flying time, it really has become a chore. But it doesn't have to be. Obviously the option of first class isn't available to all of us, but fly economy on an Asian or Middle Eastern airline and you will feel like you're in first class. The service, the seats, the food- it's all something to write home about."

Two of the major flights in Seoul - Asiana Airlines and Korean Air - are both been acknowledge as airlines that serves Seoul into neighboring countries. It's great accommodation and friendly staff have made it noticed by travelers in and out the city. According to Wikipedia, Asiana Airlines Inc. is one of South Korea's two major airlines, along with Korean Air. Asiana has its headquarters in Asiana Town in Osoe-dongGangseo-guSeoul. The airline has its domestic hub at Gimpo International Airport and its international hub at Incheon International Airport (70 kilometres (43 mi) from central Seoul). Asiana is a member of the Star Alliance and offers 516 daily departures throughout Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania, operating 14 domestic and 85 international passenger routes and 20 cargo routes.

Asiana Airlines (c) Rachel

In 2010, Asiana was named the airline with the best in-flight service in the world by Global Travelers magazine, which was the sixth honor for Asiana in as many years. Asiana is also rated the best airline in Northern Asia of 2010. Its MAGIC shows, food created by chefs and other unique services helped it score well with 31,500 experts, passengers and other voters. Asiana also won the prestigious Airline of the Year Award by Skytrax for 2010.Asiana Airlines is one of the seven airlines to be ranked as a 5-star airline by the indepedent research consultancy firm Skytrax.

Korean Air at Incheon Airport (c) Thierry

Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd. or Korean Air, is both the flag carrier and the largest airline of South Korea, with global headquarters located in Seoul, South Korea. Korean Air's international passenger division and related subsidiary cargo division together serve 130 cities in 45 countries, while its domestic division serves 20 destinations. It is among the top 20 airlines in the world in terms of passengers carried and is also the top-ranked international cargo airline. Incheon International Airport serves as Korean Air's international hub. Korean Air also maintains a satellite headquarters campus at Incheon. Korean Air's main global headquarters campus, the Korean Air Operations Center, is located in Gonghang-dongGangseo-gu in Seoul. Korean Air also maintains a domestic office campus at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul. Korean Air's lesser domestic hubs are based at Jeju International AirportJeju and Gimhae International AirportBusan.The maintenance facilities are located in Gimhae International Airport.

Skytrax rates Korean Air as a four-star (out of five) airline. As of Spring 2011, Korean Air offers the broadest selections of Asian routes departing from North America. Its main rival is Asiana Airlines, the second largest South Korean carrier. Korean Air is a founding partner airline of SkyTeam, the world's second largest airline alliance.

Discounted flights from Seoul according to Wikitravel. South Korea's staid aviation scene was shaken up in 2005 when the first low-cost carrier started operation.

T'way Airlines-T'way Airlines flies from Seoul and Jeju. Formerly called Hansung Airilnes, the carrier suffered an accident (no injuries) that closed operations for several months but started flying again in March 2006. Jeju Air-Jeju Air flies from Seoul to BusanJeju and Yangyang, and also offers direct Jeju-Busan flights. It also has Incheon-Manila, Incheon-Hong Kong, Incheon-Osaka, Incheon-Fukuoka, and Busan-Cebu routes. Jin Air-Jin Air flies from Seoul to BangkokGuam and ClarkPhilippines. EastarJet-EastarJet operates flights from Seoul (Gimpo Airport) to Jeju and does charter service from Incheon to Phuket. One-way flights available starting from less than 30,000 won (27 US$) (see [booking.eastarjet.com] for more information). AirAsia-AirAsia operates flights from Seoul (ICN Airport) to Kuala Lumpur. Air Busan-Air Busan launched as a domestic airline in October 2008. International operations commenced in 2010 with services from Busan to FukuokaOsaka and then in July 2010 to Tokyo (Narita) in Japan. The Tokyo service appears to have been suspended and was not listed in late 2010. From 2011 they plan to operate mid-haul international services from Busan to Taipei in Taiwan and Cebu in the Philippines.

Services are hubbed from Busan and include GimpoOsakaFukuokaJeju, Both Hongkong and Weihai are operated in association with Korea's Asiana Airlines. Services to Taipei in Taiwan are scheduled to commence on 27 Jan 2011.

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By plane

Incheon Airport

Nearly all international flights to Seoul land at the futuristic and brand-new Incheon International Airport  west of the city. The airport is well signposted and caters to all your traveler needs, and even includes a sauna, an optician, and a small mall. There are two tourist information offices and many Global ATMs.

Gimpo Airport

The more centrally located but older Gimpo Airportcaters only to the shuttle service to Tokyo and domestic flights within South Korea. Gimpo Airport is easily reached on subway Line 5 (W1100 and 50 minutes to downtown). There is also a direct bus service between Incheon and Gimpo every 10 minutes, which takes about 30 minutes and costs about W5000.

By train

Seoul is the western terminus of the KTX high-speed line to Daejeon, Daeguand Busan. There are two KTX stations within city limits: Seoul Station (서울역), on lines 1 & 4, and just a few stops south, Yongsan Station (용산역), on line 1.

By bus

Every weekend approximately 2 million Seoulites leave the city, which goes a long way to explaining why the city has no less than five major intercity bus terminals.

Central City Terminal, also known as Honam Terminal, Express Bus Terminal stn (Lines 3, 7). Directly adjacent to the Express terminal, serves buses to North and South Jeolla. Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (동서울버스터미널), Gangbyeon stn (Line 2). Buses to points east of Seoul (Gangwon). Express Bus Terminal (서울고속버스터미널), Express Bus Terminal stn (Lines 3, 7). Also known as Gangnam Terminal and Gyeongbu-Yeongdong Terminal, this is the largest of them all and serves pretty much the entire country, but most services head east (incl. Busan, Daegu, Daejeon). Lines to Jeolla, however, use the Central City/Honam Terminal right next door. Nambu Bus Terminal, Nambu Bus Terminal stn (Line 3). Serves places southwest of Seoul (South Chungcheong). Sinchon Bus Terminal, Sinchon stn (Line 2). Buses to Ganghwa Island. Note: That's Sinchon station, not Sincheon, which is also on Line 2 but on the wrong side of the city!

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