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Air Busan expands Daegu/Taipei route, the largest inbound route for foreign visitors
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As of November 16, Air Busan will be increasing the number of flights along its Daegu/Taipei route to seven days a week. Over 500 Taiwanese tourists have already traveled to Daegu along this route on five-day tours.


With the increase of flights along the Daegu/Taipei route, the leading inbound route for foreign travelers to Daegu, the number of Taiwanese visitors is expected to rise, invigorating the local tourism industry.


○ As of November 16, Air Busan will be operating daily flights (seven days a week) along its Daegu/Taipei route. Flights are scheduled to depart from Daegu (Daegu Airport) at 23:00 and arrive in Taipei (Taoyuan International Airport) at 00:50, and depart from Taipei (Taoyuan International Airport) at 02:30 and arrive in Daegu (Daegu Airport) at 06:00.

○ The operating aircraft for the Daegu/Taipei route is the Airbus A321 (total of 195 seats), and roundtrip airfare starts from KRW 200,000, a relatively economical fare that has already received much positive feedback from customers.

○ Thanks to the increased number of flights operated by Air Busan, there are now three departures a day from the Daegu International Airport to Taipei, greatly enhancing the convenience of local citizens and increasing inbound Taiwanese tourism to Daegu.

○ On November 17, immediately after the expansion of the Taipei/Daegu route, about 500 Taiwanese travelers visited Daegu for a five-day tour. The tour included a Korean dry sauna experience, tour of the Daegu Arboretum, Kim Gwang-seok Road, and Daegu Modern History Street, and shopping at Dongseongno Street.

Taiwanese visitors from Nov 17-21 (total: 501): Nov 17: 155; Nov 18: 160; Nov 19: 69; Nov 20: 55; Nov 21: 62

○ Ever since T’way Air and Tigerair first started their operation of Daegu/Taipei routes in May 2016, flights between Daegu and Taipei have continued to increase, and the route has become one of the leading inbound routes of the Daegu International Airport.

○ In 2015, only 304 Taiwanese tourists passed through the Daegu International Airport; however, with the launch of regular routes to Taipei in 2016, the number of Taiwanese tourists traveling to Daegu jumped to 28,427 (as of the end of 2016) and later skyrocketed to 42,932 (as of October 2017).

○ As of October 2017, Taiwanese passengers accounted for 31.2% of the total 137,352 passengers on the Daegu/Taipei route and represented the largest share (38.1%) of the total 112,490 foreign passengers traveling to the Daegu International Airport.

Foreign passengers traveling to the Daegu International Airport (Jan-Oct 2017): 112,490

- Taiwanese: 42,932 Japanese: 30,762 Chinese: 24,301 Other: 14,495

○ Korea to Taipei (the capital of Taiwan) was a largely unpopular route among Koreans with only a few flights by flag carriers, but ever since a popular Korean TV program was filmed in Taiwan in 2013, the number of Korean visitors to Taiwan has soared remarkably.

○ Thanks to the popularity of Korean culture in Taiwan, the number of Taiwanese travelers to Korea has also risen sharply, and Taiwanese tourists now represent the fourth largest demographic of inbound tourists to Korea, reaching a total of 520,000 inbound tourists in 2015 and 830,000 in 2016.

○ Last August, Daegu City Mayor Kwon Young-jin led an overseas tourism market exploration team to Taipei, Daegu’s sister city, where the team hosted a tourism promotion presentation event, publicizing the many attractions of Daegu City to those in Taiwan.

○ Jeong Ui-gwan, Head of the Airport Headquarters of the Daegu Metropolitan Government said, “As the Daegu-Taipei route launched last year has continued to gain traction, the number of foreign travelers to Daegu has increased significantly. We will put forth our utmost efforts to ensure that this regular route will be solidified as early as possible so that it may be used to contribute to the local economy and tourism industry.”