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460 S. Korean Pilots Joined Foreign Airlines in Past 5 1/2 yrs

460 S. Korean Pilots Joined Foreign Airlines in Past 5 1/2 yrs

SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Hundreds of South Korean airline pilots have joined Chinese airlines in the past five years, a ruling party lawmaker said Wednesday, amid a recent boom in the aviation industry. An Ho-young of the ruling Democratic Party said 460 pilots from eight local carriers joined foreign airlines, which usually offer [...]

Absurd Requests to Disembark a Headache for Travelers, Airlines

Absurd Requests to Disembark a Headache for Travelers, Airlines

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Airline carriers are suffering from a growing number of voluntary disembark request cases in which airline passengers suddenly say they want to get off the plane. According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the number of voluntary disembark requests at airports across the country has been increasing [...]

Most Flight Attendants Have Experienced Bullying in the Workplace: Study

Most Flight Attendants Have Experienced Bullying in the Workplace: Study

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent investigation has revealed that many flight attendants at Korean Air Lines Co. and Asiana Airlines Inc. have experienced bullying in the workplace, not only from management, but also from their direct supervisors. An activist from the human rights movement network Baram announced the results of an investigation [...]

Civic Organization Protests “Unjustified Mileage Expiration”

Civic Organization Protests “Unjustified Mileage Expiration”

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean consumer rights group has applied for a provisional injunction against the two major South Korean airlines, Asiana Airlines Inc. and Korean Air Lines Co., after it was announced that some mileage accrued under their frequent flier programs would expire next year. Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty [...]

Gov’t to Look into Working Conditions of Cabin Crews

Gov’t to Look into Working Conditions of Cabin Crews

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s transport ministry said Thursday it will look into overall working conditions of cabin crew members at local airlines after some employees fell ill recently. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said it plans to check into the working hours of pilots, cabin crew and support staff [...]

Airlines to Impose Higher Fuel Surcharges on Int’l Routes Next Month

Airlines to Impose Higher Fuel Surcharges on Int’l Routes Next Month

SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s airlines will impose higher fuel surcharges on international passengers next month due to the rise in jet fuel prices, industry sources said Thursday. Local airlines didn’t impose fuel surcharges on long-haul routes from May to September, as the average price of jet fuel remained below the benchmark [...]

Air Busan, T’way Open up New Routes to Japan amid THAAD Row

Air Busan, T’way Open up New Routes to Japan amid THAAD Row

SEOUL, April 21 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean low-cost carriers Air Busan and T’way Air will set up new routes to Japanese cities as part of efforts to offset declines in demand from China, the companies said Friday.  The number of Chinese travelers has sharply declined following the ban on all travel packages to South [...]