Review of Korean Air flight Busan Seoul in Economy

Airline Korean Air
Flight KE1818
Class Economy
Seat 33A
Aircraft Airbus A220-300
Flight time 01:05
Take-off 12 Dec 23, 13:15
Arrival at 12 Dec 23, 14:20
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Published on 8th June 2024

Korean Air KE1818 Busan to Seoul[Gimpo]

Flight details:
Airline: Korean Air
Flight: KE1818 PUS - GMP
Reg: HL8313
Aircraft: Airbus A220-300
Seat: 33A
Depart Busan Gimhae International Airport Domestic Terminal Gate 32: 01:15PM [Actual time: 01:30PM]
Arrive Seoul Gimpo Terminal D: 02:20PM [Actual time: 02.09PM]
Total time: 1 hour 05 mins

Video: Korean Air KE1818 Busan to Seoul[Gimpo]


This trip report is from Dec 2023. I travelled to South Korea, Read report: Korean Air KE402 Sydney to Seoul

After two days of stay in Seoul, rode the KTX HSR train to Busan. This report covers the journey from Busan to Seoul - Gimpo.

Flight Booking

Korean Air has multiple flights between Busan and Gimpo and few to Incheon, as my hotel was near Seoul Station. Gimpo being in the city was the preferred airport.

While booking ticket, there were many options but most were on either Airbus A320/21 or Boeing 737-800. Chose this flight as it was timed well with the hotel check-in and able to get a Airbus A220-300. Price was also off-peak which made this a no-brainer choice.

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I had booked Economy class for this flight. Below information is from the Korean Air website.

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Aircraft information

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Online check-in

On the previous night, I checked online for this flight through the Korean Air website

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Received email with boarding pass

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Mobile version

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Check-in process completed

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Boarding procedure

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Arriving at Airport

I checked out of the hotel and then walked towards Busan station

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Walked straight and then Busan metro entrance on the left side, Right side is the Busan KTX station.

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Entered the Busan Metro Station Line 1

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Walking through underground shopping area

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Checked with station staff for guidance.

Train to Busan Gimhae International Airport

Line 1 to change at 219 Seomyeon to line 2 for 227 Sasang. At Sasang, change to LRT for 104 Gimhae International airport.

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Catching train at Station no. 113 Busan Station

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Metro train direction of travel.

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Interchange at 219 Seomyeon Line 2

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Information and direction

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Escalator to platform

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Change at 227 Sasang to LRT

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Following directions

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Exiting Sasang metro line

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Walking towards the LRT station

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Escalator to LRT station

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LRT concourse

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Entering the LRT station

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Following directions

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LRT platform

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Waiting for train

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LRT train arrives

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2 Car train, boarding

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Car view

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Drivers view

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Entering station

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Airport in view

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Busan Gimhae International Airport Domestic Terminal

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Exiting the train

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Tapping T-money card to exit station. 

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I had no bag and had plenty of time to reach airport. Journey took about 45 mins. Other options to take bus or taxi.

Fare was cheap on train, I used the money stored in the T-money card.

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After exiting walked for 5 mins following the signs.

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Domestic and International terminal are separate buildings.

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Crossing the road

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Domestic Terminal

Domestic Terminal Entrance

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Departure on upper level

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Self Check-in

I had checked online for the flight. I didn't get a physical boarding pass.

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Flight schedule displayed over the security entrance.

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Shops- Got a coffee from the food store.

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Donut shop

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After a few minutes, headed towards security check.

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Security check

Passengers have to scan the boarding pass to enter the security area. Digital or physical boarding pass scanned to enter.

Security was quick, removed the laptop and electronic devices for separate scan. All done within a minute.

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Aircraft and Flight information

I checked flight information and aircraft was listed.

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Korean Air HL8313 Airbus A220-300 would be operating KE1815 to Busan

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Aircraft information: Korean Air HL8313 from

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Departure Area

Entered the Departure area after clearning security

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Flight schedule -  Flights either to Jeju or Seoul - Gimpo. In spite of KTX HSR with shortest travel time of about 2.15hrs to Seoul.

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KE1818 would depart from Gate 32

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No passengers yet in the waiting area.

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I explored the departure area of the domestic terminal from one corner to another.

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Passenger waiting for their boarding at gate 31

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Walking towards gate 37

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Waiting area

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Gate 37 waiting for boarding call on Korean Air Airbus A321.

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I returned to the waiting area and aircraft had landed. Korean Air HL8313 arrived as KE1815 GMP to PUS

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Boarding call was made and conducted by Zones.

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Boarding pass was scanned and was allowed to proceed towards aircraft.

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View of aircraft

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Korean Air HL8313 Airbus A220-300. My 1st flight on this aircraft type. I flew on Qantas Airbus 220-300 in 2024, read report here - QantasLink QF1276 Melbourne to Canberra

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Cabin crew used a scanner to check boarding pass.

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Onboard - Aircraft was all economy configuration, seating in 2-3 arrangement.

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Boarding continued as it was full flight.

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Seat Pocket Content

Seat pocket contained Morning calm - inflight magazine, Streaming IFE information card, air sickness bag.

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Korean Air Airbus A220-300 Safety card

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Full view

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middle pages

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last page

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Pushback and Departure

Pushback commenced on time, as announcement that photos and video was prohibited. I didn't take airside or departure video. Aircraft departed from runway 36L- 18R.

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It was sunny and I had window shades down after departure.

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Each seat had USB charger

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Cabin service

Crew began drinks service after attaining cruising altitude.

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Option was coke or orange juice/apple juice. I chose coke.

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Cabin was neat and clean

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Seat was made of cloth and padding was adequate and comfortable to seat.

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Approaching Seoul - Gimpo Airport

Window view. Flight attained cruise altitude for few minutes.

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 Captain announced descend would commence in few minutes.

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Airport close to Seoul

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Descend continued with skyscraper visible

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Aircraft landed on runway 32R-14L.

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Gimpo has two runway in parallel. Aircraft landed ahead of schedule in 45 minutes.

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Crossing runway, followed by long taxi.

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View of Airside

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AirSeoul and EasterAir

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Asiana Airlines

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Korean Air

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Arrived at gate

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Aligning with parking marks

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Parked at gate.

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After aircraft parked, passenger waiting for aerobridge to connect.

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Window view while waiting

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Disembarkation commenced, seat view

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All economy seating on this aircraft.

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Crew was waiting on the aerobridge to wish passengers of the flight.

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Airside view from the aerobridge

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Entering the Termnal D

Arrivals and baggage claim is on lower level

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Escalator to lower level

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Walking towards baggage claim

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Walked 5- 10 mins

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Time was 1.42pm, when I entered the baggage claim.

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Toilets in the arrivals area

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Belt information, I was carrying only a handbag. Didn't have to wait for the bag.

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Baggage claim area

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Korean Air KE1818 bags would arrive on belt 1.

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Exiting the arrivals area

As I had no checked bag, walked towards the exit.

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I would be talking the Subway to Seoul Station

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Following Subway direction

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Long walk to subway which located between the Domestic and International Terminal

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Followed the Seoul Station direction

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Escalator to ticket barriers

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Tapped the T-money card and reached platform.

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Train Information

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Boarding train

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This AREX train stops at all stations, journey took about 25 minutes

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Window view from train

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After reaching Seoul Station, took another Subway train to Myeong-dong. To read further, check the Tourism bonus section.

Aircraft and FLight Information

Flight route

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Video: Korean Air KE1818 Busan to Seoul[Gimpo] route

Aircraft rotation

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Flight information

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Korean Air service was satisfactory, flight took off on time and arrived early. I was in no rush as the hotel check-in time was 3pm. As I wasn't carrying bag, I was able to exit quickly after landing.

Flight time was 45 mins in spite was served drink. I didn't check the Wi-fi as I had personal data and didn't need to check internet. I did not check the streamed IFE onboard.

Busan airport is easy to access, transport was cheap as I took train. I had checked online, did not use the self check kiosk. Security check was quick, boarding was orderly.

I had a pleasant flight.

Information on the route Busan (PUS) Seoul (GMP)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 11 avis concernant 5 compagnies sur la ligne Busan (PUS) → Seoul (GMP).


La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est Korean Air avec 8.0/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 0 heures et 59 minutes.

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