By Poyi (Natalie) Leung
The maiden flight of budget South Korean carrier Jin Air landed in Macau at 1.50 am today and brought with it at least 150 visitors to the SAR.
The new Jin Air service between Incheon International Airport and Macau launched at 11 pm (10 pm Macau time) last night in the capital city of South Korea as scheduled.
The first return flight also departed Macau at 2.55 am carrying at least 80 passengers and arrived in Seoul at 7.20 am (6.20 am Macau time) today.
A spokeswoman of the Macau Civil Aviation Authority (AACM) confirmed to the Macau Daily Times that Jin Air was granted the approval to land in the territory on November 24, one day after the carrier obtained the final permission document from the South Korean authority and sent it back to AACM in order to complete the application process.
According to the flight schedules between November 30 and March 27 published on the Macau International Airport homepage, Jin Air will operate the Seoul-Macau route five times per week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
A public relations officer of Jin Air told MDT on the phone yesterday afternoon that at that time 150 of the 180 seats available on the maiden flight from Incheon to Macau were sold, while 80 seats on the first flight departing the SAR were also reserved.
The all-economy class aircrafts designated for the route are Boeing 737-800.
A launching ceremony will be held at 5.30 pm today at the Macau International Airport departure hall.
With Jin Air formally starting to offer budget flights connecting Seoul and Macau, it has become a direct competitor with Air Macau which operates the same route four days a week.
A 15-day round trip to Seoul is priced at USD 405.60 (around MOP 3,277) including taxes and fuel surcharge, according to the carrier’s website. An early bird rate of USD 257.60 (around MOP 2,060) will be applied on bookings made 21 days before departure.