Airways, seaways wide open
With social distancing regulations easing, air and sea travel resumes. Early this year, Air Busan began flights to Guam and Saipan. Additionally, flights to and from Fukuoka started last month. The flight departing Busan is at daily 9:55 a.m. The flight from Fukuoka departs at 11:45 a.m. Air Busan plans to relaunch services to Da Nang and Cebu, scheduled for this summer.
In 2018, a cruise ship departing from China entered the Busan Port International Passenger Terminal.
From June 24, Jeju Air will operate flights between Busan and Singapore every Tuesday and Friday. There is no quarantine for the vaccinated travelers arriving in Singapore. Therefore, passengers can enter the country easily with a vaccination certificate. Flights depart from the Gimhae International Airport at 6 p.m. and 12:35 a.m. from Singapore. Ticket purchases are only available on the Jeju Air website or application. Also, flights between Busan and Bangkok are scheduled for Thursdays and Sundays, beginning at the end of the month.
As more flights are added, the easing of inspection protocols will fo-llow. Since May, the city and Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency have agreed that travelers can bo-ard international flights regardless of vaccination status.
The Busan Port Authority (BPA)'s route connecting Busan and Fukuoka is preparing to reopen. On April 21, they conducted an inspection and trial journey from Busan to Fukuoka of the new Jet Ferry, "Queen Beetle." In July 2020, the Queen Beetle, belonging to JR KYUSHU JET FERRY INC, was scheduled for its maiden voyage, which was postponed due to COVID-19.
The BPA is inspecting facilities and boarding bridges in preparation for the resumption of Korea-Japan passenger ship operations. An official press release states that despite the delays, services are expected to resume in the second half of the year. Last April, the PanStar Group rest-arted the "Busan One-night Cruise." The tour departs from the Busan Port Passenger Terminal at 5 p.m. every Saturday and sails around spots inclu-ding Taejongdae, Haeundae and Gwangan Bridge; they return at 9 a.m. the next day. Since 2004, more than 150,000 passengers have taken part in the tour. The PanStar Dream Cruise ship measures 25 meters wide and 160 meters long and has a capacity of 545 passengers. Reservations can be made on the PanStar Group website (panstarcruise.com).