Gimhae International Airport

Gimhae International Airport (PUS  IATA) is the gateway into South Korea‘s second city, Busan

Not to be confused with Gimhae.

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Busan‘s International Gimhae Airport is both a military and civilian airport situated outside Busan and is the fourth most important airport in Korea by passenger numbers after Incheon, Jeju and Gimpo. There are separate Domestic and International terminals next to each other (walking distance), each with basic facilities and food outlets.

It is situated near the historic town of Gimhae.

English spelling in China

When traveling to and from mainland China, you will notice that the Chinese airports still use the older English spellings of Korean names. Therefore it is still ‘Kimhae airport’ for the city of ‘Pusan’ when you pick up your baggage. Hong Kong uses the current English spelling.

Air Busan, an airline owned by Asiana that uses Busan as its base

Internal International Flight Connection from Seoul Incheon

Korean Air and Asiana run a few flights a day from Seoul’s Incheon International Airport directly to Busan’s Gimhae airport. The flights depart and arrive at the international terminals and are classified as international flights. In practice this means you can fly into Incheon from Europe (for example) and instead of going through immigration and picking up your bags you can just change gates in the international terminal for your onward flight. This is also advantageous the other way around, since you can check your bags in for an international flight at Gimhae airport and not have to do so again until you reach your final destination.

Inside the International Terminal
Take the monorail into Busan
  • Domestic flights from Seoul Gimpo (GMP IATA) represent the majority of traffic to Busan. You can usually turn up to the airport and purchase a seat on the next plane for around ₩60,000.
  • Domestic flights from Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN IATA). If you are making an international connection then there are a few scheduled flights that fly directly from Incheon Airport to Gimhae with Korean Air and Asiana. They are more expensive but much more convenient than an airport transfer to Gimpo. When booking through a travel agency, try to get this connection rather than transfer to Gimpo.
  • Domestic flights from Jeju Island (CJU IATA). Popular South Korean tourist destination.
  • International flights are from major cities in Japan, China, the Philippines and Vietnam. In addition there are flights to Vladivostok, Bangkok, Taipei, Saipan, Vientiane, Macau and Hong Kong. There is also a Lufthansa service from Munich Airport via Seoul. ‘Limited period’ flights are sometimes scheduled from other airlines such as Singapore Airlines and Delta.

There are also budget airlines operating from Gimhae including Air Busan and Jeju Air that fly to both domestic and international destinations, sometimes for a very low price. (Although you will need to book well in advance of your flight to get a cheap ticket)

All direct flights from Hong Kong depart between midnight and 02:30 in the morning. Most flights to Hong Kong depart late in the evening (around 22:00) although DragonAir is an exception departing at around 08:00 in the morning.

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