Overheard, “Cebu’s become the summer capital of South Korea.”

The Korean airline company Air Busan promote their Busan, South Korea to Cebu, Philippines (vice-versa) flight route that’s open four times a week.

This will allow more access for South Koreans to visit and invest in the province as well as allow tourists to travel to Busan, South Korea’s second largest metropolis after Seoul.

Air Busan is a regional airline with headquarters in Beomcheon-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea. It is a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines. This year, the airline expects to include the new Airbus aircraft (A321-200) into its fleet.

The trend of South Koreans going to the Philippines began in the 1960s, mostly students to pursue education in universities. Nowadays, South Korean tourists often enroll in short-term courses in English language schools in Cebu to cope with South Korea’s growing demand for English proficiency.

As of 2007, South Koreans accounted for 15% of all foreign visitors to the Philippines.

The Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) reported an increase in both domestic and international flights in Cebu last year.

Most international flights were from South Korea with Incheon Metropolitan city having 37 flights a week.

This is followed by Singapore with 22 flights a week, Hong Kong with 14 flights a week, Busan with nine flights, Narita, Japan with six flights a week and Doha, Qatar with three flights a week.

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Matus, Carmel. “Air Busan opens Cebu route.” 8 March 2011. Cebu Daily News. Accessed 9 March 2011. Link Here.


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