Air Busan: from Seoul (Gimpo Airport) to Jeju

After meeting up with C at Comma Cafe (and having another round of drinks), we made our way to Gimpo Airport via the AREX to catch our flight to Jeju on Air Busan (a domestic airline). [Click here to read more about Getting to Jeju on Korean Domestic Airlines]

Getting to Gimpo Airport was easy enough with clear directions. When we arrived at the domestic terminal, it was somewhat chaotic with hoards of students in their school jackets and large groups of elderies waiting to check in their luggage.

Gimpo Airport
Tip: Purchasing the tickets online via Air Busan's website was simple and straightforward: prices and flights were clearly stated, with domestic and international flights being categorized. It would be best to create an account with Air Busan, in order to enjoy some of the benefits such as being informed if there are any promotions and to keep track of/update your bookings (where necessary). Once you have successful selected your preferred flight and made (full) payment via credit card, just print out the booking receipt.

So with the printed booking receipt, checking in and getting the boarding passes was a breeze. However, due to the influx of passengers checking in their luggage, it took about 10 minutes for our luggage to get checked in. Once we were cleared,  we were given our boarding passes which resemble receipts from the supermart.

Air Busan: from Seoul (Gimpo Airport) to Jeju
The ticket

With the luggage checked in and boarding passes in hand, the 3 of us made our way to our gate where our flight was waiting for us. Since we were early, we stopped by a convenience store along the way and bought some really yummy kimchi rice 'balls' (drools).

Gimpo Airport
They were yummilicious! ^^

Our flight was delayed for at least 20 minutes, and all correspondence was in Korean so it was a bit of a challenge but we still managed (p.s. you have to be really alert). By the time our flight arrived there was a snaking queue waiting to board.

Air Busan: from Seoul (Gimpo Airport) to Jeju
The (somewhat disorderly and) long queue

What made this boarding experience interesting was that we had to walk down a flight of stairs to catch an airport shuttle which brought us to directly to our plane! We even got to use the airstairs to board the plane; truly an interesting experience.

Air Busan: from Seoul (Gimpo Airport) to Jeju
The shuttle to the plane
The seats on board the plane were blue and the leg space between seats was comfortable (enough). Though it may have been a domestic (budget) flight, drinks were served (which were a nice touch) and the air stewardesses were polite and friendly. Of course, being a budget (and short) flight (of about 1 hour), there is no entertainment so you would have to entertain yourself.

Air Busan: from Seoul (Gimpo Airport) to Jeju
Plenty of legroom and no entertainment

After an hour, we finally arrived in Jeju! Just as we boarded to plane, when we alighted, we also walked down the plane via the airstairs and hopped onto the shuttle that was waiting for us. It was relatively crowded so we had to stand. Thankfully it was but a short (but bumpy) ride away.

Since our flight was about an hour earlier than C, we settled down at the Caffebene located within the Jeju Airport, to wile the time away and use the free wifi.


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