Gimhae International Airport

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Gimhae International Airport
Airport Gimhae 1.jpg
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Korea Airports Corporation, Republic of Korea Air Force
Location Gangseo District, Busan, South Korea
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 6 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 35°10′46″N 128°56′18″E / 35.17944°N 128.93833°E / 35.17944; 128.93833
PUS is located in South Korea
Location of airport in South Korea
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18L/36R 2,743 9,007 Asphalt
18R/36L 3,200 10,499 Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft movements 99,358
International Passengers 7,776,962
Domestic Passengers 7,123,853
Total Passengers 14,900,815
Sources: World Aero Data[1]
Korea Airports Corporation[2]
Gimhae International Airport
Hangul 김해국제공항
Hanja 金海國際空港
Revised Romanization Gimhae gukje gonghang
McCune–Reischauer Kimhae gukche gonghang

Gimhae International Airport (Korean: 김해국제공항 [kim.ɦɛ̝ɡuktɕ͈eɡoŋhaŋ]), commonly known as Gimhae Airport (IATA: PUSICAO: RKPK) (formerly Kimhae International Airport) is located on the western end of Busan, South Korea. The name "Gimhae" comes from the nearby city of Gimhae. It opened in 1976. A new international terminal opened on October 31, 2007.[3] Gimhae International Airport is the main hub for Air Busan. Runway 18L/36R is used for military purposes only for Gimhae Air Base, but due to increasing traffic, there are plans to open the runway for airliners. In 2016, 14,900,815 passengers used the airport.

As the airport is now beyond its design capacity, the airport is embarking on a major expansion project to add a new runway and new terminal facilities. Construction is due to begin in 2021 for an estimated 2026 completion.[4]

Inside Gimhae International Airport (International terminal)

Airlines and destinations

Domestic Terminal

Airlines Destinations
Air Busan Jeju, Seoul–Gimpo
Asiana Airlines Jeju, Seoul–Incheon
Eastar Jet Jeju, Seoul–Gimpo
Jeju Air Jeju, Seoul–Gimpo
Jin Air Jeju
Korean Air Jeju, Seoul–Gimpo, Seoul–Incheon
Korea Express Air Yangyang

International Terminal

Airlines Destinations
operated by Aurora
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur–International
Air Busan Cebu, Da Nang, Fukuoka, Guam, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Macau, Osaka–Kansai, Qingdao, Sanya, Sapporo–Chitose, Siem Reap, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita, Ulaanbaatar, Vientiane, Xi'an, Yanji, Zhangjiajie
Charter: Kalibo
Air China Beijing–Capital
Asiana Airlines Beijing–Capital, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Manila, Naha, Saipan, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang
Cathay Dragon Hong Kong
Cebu Pacific Manila
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai–Pudong, Yantai
China Eastern Airlines
operated by Shanghai Airlines
Shanghai–Pudong, Zhangjiajie
Seasonal: Changsha
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou, Shenyang, Yanji
Eastar Jet Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Kota Kinabalu, Osaka-Kansai
HK Express Hong Kong
Japan Airlines Tokyo–Narita
Jeju Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Fukuoka, Guam, Osaka-Kansai, Saipan, Shijiazhuang, Taipei–Taoyuan, Naha, Tokyo-Narita
Jin Air Cebu, Clark, Da Nang, Guam, Kitakyushu, Naha, Osaka–Kansai, Wuxi
Seasonal: Fukuoka
Korean Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Fukuoka, Guam, Hong Kong, Nagoya-Centrair, Nanjing, Osaka–Kansai, Qingdao, Sapporo–Chitose, Shanghai–Pudong, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita
Lao Airlines Vientiane
MIAT Mongolian Airlines Ulaanbaatar
Pan Pacific Airlines Kalibo
Peach Osaka–Kansai
Philippine Airlines Kalibo, Manila
Philippines AirAsia Kalibo
T'way Airlines Da Nang, Osaka–Kansai[5]
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Tigerair Taiwan Taipei–Taoyuan
VietJet Air Hanoi
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Traffic and statistics

Top carriers

In 2016, the ten carriers with the largest percentage of passengers flying into, out of, or through Gimhae International Airport are as follows:

Top carriers (2016)
Rank Carrier Domestic
Total  %
1 Air Busan 2,921,981 2,182,641 5,104,622 34.26%
2 Korean Air 2,306,673 1,469,884 3,776,557 25.34%
3 Jeju Air 1,140,438 713,050 1,853,488 12.44%
4 Jin Air 517,649 633,952 1,151,601 7.73%
5 Asiana Airlines 113,474 482,442 595,916 4.00%
6 Eastar Jet 123,638 223,152 346,790 2.33%
7 Vietnam Airlines 328,551 328,551 2.20%
8 China Airlines 213,901 213,901 1.44%
9 Japan Airlines 180,198 180,198 1.21%
10 Philippine Airlines 173,249 173,249 1.16%

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes (2016)
Rank Airport Passengers 2016 Flight Top carriers
1 Jeju 4,175,680 24,005 Air Busan, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air
2 Seoul–Gimpo 2,576,056 19,432 Air Busan, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Korean Air
3 Seoul–Incheon 372,117 2,839 Air Busan, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air
Busiest international routes (2016)
Rank Airport Passengers 2016 Flight Top carriers
1 Osaka–Kansai 1,179,812 7,968 Air Busan, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air, Peach Aviation
2 Fukuoka 754,107 5,045 Air Busan, Jeju Air, Korean Air
3 Taipei–Taoyuan 656,012 4,541 Air Busan, China Airlines, Jeju Air, Korean Air, V Air
4 Tokyo–Narita 582,141 4,046 Air Busan, Japan Airlines, Jeju Air, Korean Air
5 Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 524,905 2,712 Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Korean Air, Thai Airways International
6 Hong Kong 377,635 2,517 Air Busan, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Express Airways, Jeju Air, Korean Air
7 Shanghai–Pudong 369,112 2,833 Asiana Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Air, Shanghai Airlines
8 Beijing–Capital 301,342 2,462 Air China, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air
9 Cebu 251,859 1,540 Air Busan, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air
10 Manila 247,405 1,768 Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines
11 Da Nang 241,226 1,505 Air Busan, Jin Air, Korean Air
12 Guam 228,219 1,613 Air Busan, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air
13 Qingdao 195,989 1,730 Air Busan, Korean Air
14 Hanoi 169,859 794 Jeju Air, Jin Air, Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air
15 Ho Chi Minh City 168,810 830 Vietnam Airlines
16 Okinawa-Naha 127,227 934 Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Jin Air
17 Kuala Lumpur–International 123,425 420 AirAsia X
18 Sapporo–Chitose 115,074 849 Air Busan, Korean Air
19 Kalibo 112,015 742 Philippine Airlines, Philippines AirAsia
20 Nagoya-Chūbu Centrair 93,733 728 Korean Air
21 Guangzhou 85,078 825 Asiana Airlines, China Southern Airlines
22 Yanji 82,031 620 Air Busan, China Southern Airlines
23 Shenyang 76,145 690 Asiana Airlines, China Southern Airlines
24 Zhangjiajie 66,240 418 Air Busan, Shanghai Airlines
25 Siem Reap 61,951 402 Air Busan, Sky Wings Asia Airlines
26 Xi'an 55,474 397 Air Busan
27 Macau 55,287 316 Air Busan
28 Clark 51,592 411 Jin Air
29 Kaohsiung 49,937 367 Air Busan
30 Yantai 42,987 454 China Eastern Airlines

Ground transportation


Busan-Gimhae LRT train.


Busan Expressbus 201

Airport Limousine Bus

  • Gimhae International Airport(From Airport to Busan Station) International Terminal - Domestic Terminal - Paik Hospital intersection - Gaya Homeplus mart - Gaya Hyudai apt - Seomyeon(Lotte Hotel Busan) - Seomyeon, Busan - Beomil(Hyundai dep. store) - Jin market - Busanjin Station (Busan Metro) - Busan Station - Toyoko inn Hotel - Jungang - Guangbokdong Lotte dep. store - Nampo - Jagalchi(Chungmudong)
  • Gimhae International Airport(From Busan Station to Airport) Jagalchi(Chungmudong) - Nampo - Guangbokdong Lotte dep. store - Jungang - Yeongjudong - Busan Station - Busanjin Station (Busan Metro) - Beomil(Hyundai dep. store) -Seomyeon, Busan(Judies Taehwa) - Seomyeon(Lotte Hotel Busan) - Gaya Hyudai apt - Gaya Homeplus mart - Paik Hospital intersection - Airport(International Terminal)
  • Gimhae International Airport(International Terminal) - Domestic Terminal - Namcheon(Namcheondong) - Gwangan(Gwangandong) - Suyeong(Suyeong Intersection) - Millak(Suyeong Hyudai apt) - Centum City(Centum hotel) - Bexco - Olympic intersection - Gyeongnam Marina apt - Hyundai park hiatt hotel - Hanhwa resort - Hyperion - Westin Chosun Hotel - Grand Hotel - Novotel Ambassador - Paradise Hotel - Mipo, moon-ten road - Remian Haeundae apt - Hyundai ipark apt - Jangsan - Haeundae Paik Hospital - Dongbu apartment - Daelim 1cha apt - Yangwoon high school - Yangwoon middle school - Yangwoon high school - Daedong apt - Dongbu apartment - Haeundae Paik Hospital - Jangsan Station - Hyundai ipark apt - Remian Haeundae apt - Mipo, moon-ten road - Novotel Ambassador - Paradise Hotel - Seacloud hotel - Grand Hotel - Westin Chosun Hotel - Hyperion - Hanhwa resort - Hyundai park hiatt hotel - Gyeongnam Marina apt - Olympic intersection - Homeplus mart - Centum City(Centum hotel) - Millak(Suyeong Hyudai apt) - Suyeong(Suyeong Intersection) - Gwangan(Gwangandong) - Namcheon(Namcheondong) - Airport(International Terminal, Departure) -

Domestic Terminal, Arrival The bus operates from 06:50 to 22:00, every 15~20minutes

Express Bus

  • 1009 : Geumgok-dong ↔ Deokcheon StationGupo StationGangseo-gu OfficeGimhae Airport ↔ Myeongji ↔ Noksan indus. complex ↔ Busan New Port ↔ Gadeok-do Sunchang The bus operates from 05:20 to 20:50, every 40minutes (Depart from Geumgok)

City Bus

Village Bus

Intercity Bus

Masan, Changwon, Jinhae, Jangyu, Gimhae, Pohang, Gyeongju, Gumi, Dongdaegu, Ulsan, Eonyang, Yangsan, Gohyeon, Okpo, Jangseungpo


The curfew prevents aircraft from taking off or landing between the hours of 11 P.M. and 6 A.M.

Incidents and accidents

  • On April 15, 2002, a Boeing 767-200ER jet, operating as Air China Flight 129 from Beijing to Busan, crashed into a hill while trying to land at Gimhae during inclement weather, killing 129 of the 166 people on board.

See also


  1. ^ Airport information for RKPK at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-20. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  3. ^ "김해국제공항 '하늘길 두 배로'". Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "T'Way Air boosts Osaka flights in S17". routesonline. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 

External links

  • Gimhae International Airport English homepage
  • Information about Gimhae International Airport
  • City of Busan: Busan official website
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