Operating your business flight to South Korea

by Admin on January 17, 2022

South Korea compromises a highly developed and mixed economy that is dominated by conglomerates called (chaebols). South Korea holds the record for having the 4th largest economy in Asia and 10th largest in the world; So, it’s no wonder that thousands of business and corporate flights operate to South Korea every year.

South Korea is a world leader in both the technology and manufacturing sectors, ranking 5th in innovation out of 132 economies. South Korea is also in the top 5 countries in spending on R&D. These incredible achievements reflected positively on South Korea’s economy by increasing economic exchange with other world-leading economies. This also played a role in increasing the reach of the business aviation movement in the country.

Despite South Korea’s massive economic development, there are always improvements that can be made in business aviation infrastructure and regulation. The country is certainly lacking elements that could make it a perfect destination for business aviation operations.


Korean Airports

There are 28 airports in South Korea, but Incheon (ICN, RKSI), Gimpo (GMP, RKSS), Gimhae (PUS, RKPK), and Jeju (CJU, RKPC) are the best to operate business flights to.

Two options are available to you if you’re flying to Seoul, the first is Incheon International Airport, and the second is Gimpo International Airport. Incheon Airport is open 24 hours but is about 1 hour away from downtown Seoul. Gimpo Airport is less busy and closer to downtown Seoul, but it only operates from 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

All charter and private operations must obtain a landing permit in order to fly into South Korea. The process should take about 24 hours from start to finish.

Some Korean airports are domestic and thus require foreign aircraft to clear customs at another Airport of Entry before landing in them. This can be difficult because airport operation hours are not the same as customs’, as customs usually start working 30 – 60 minutes after the airport is open and finish almost 30 minutes before the airport closes.

Another issue that aircraft operators might run into is the language barrier. Many pilots have reported that they had trouble understanding controllers because of their heavy accents. The best solution to all these problems is proper research and coordination, two things that iJET’s VIP airport concierge services can expertly provide. Book iJET’s VIP meet & greet services for a smooth and hassle-free experience at the airport!


Ground Handling Services

South Korea is a leader in many sectors, which is why it comes as a surprise that the country is lacking a truly distinguished ground handling services provider.

There are only 2 ground handling service providers in South Korea. The country’s first FBO opened in Gimpo International Airport, but there is still a need for the services of local flight support companies to compensate for the lack of infrastructure in the business aviation sector.

iJET’s network and experience allow us to help you arrange for your ground operations in South Korea. We’ll provide the supervision and coordination that is necessary to make your business operation a smooth success. You’ll feel the Asian hospitality of South Korea when our handling staff is lined up and waving goodbye to the aircraft upon departure.

Even though ground handling charges in South Korea can be considered expensive, they remain cheaper than in other Asian countries.


Technical Standards for Aircraft Operating to South Korea

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport has established and announced the necessary technical standards for any aircraft operating to South Korea. The following technical standards must be present to ensure the safety of said aircraft:

  1. Airworthiness standards for aircraft.
  2. Environmental standards for aircraft. (Including emission performance standards and noise standards)
  3. Standards for continuing airworthiness of aircraft.
  4. Methods of identifying aircraft, etc., fitments, or parts.
  5. Procedures for certifying aircraft, etc., fitments, or parts.

Operators who intend to obtain an airworthiness certification must apply with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport. No operator can operate a flight to South Korea in an aircraft that has failed to obtain a certification of airworthiness.


Landing & Overflight Permits

Operators must submit the following information to obtain a landing or overflight permit:

  1. Complete flight schedule
  2. Passenger & crew details
  3. Arrival/Departure destination & time
  4. ATS routing
  5. Air Operating Certificate
  6. Insurance Certificate
  7. Noise Certificate
  8. Registration Certificate
  9. Certificate of Airworthiness

Aircraft Crew

Any operator intending to operate an aircraft into South Korea must have the necessary aircrew on board as specified by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport. Any cockpit crew members or air traffic controllers performing aviation duties must carry a qualification and medical certificate. Operators must provide aircraft crew members with the necessary training to perform their relevant duties and services aboard the aircraft.

All entrant crews must self-quarantine for 14 days in a government-designated facility regardless of their nationalities. Crews from Europe will be tested for COVID-19 at the airport. If the test result is positive, they will be moved to a hospital for treatment, and if the result is negative, they will be moved to a facility for self-isolation. Crews from other countries will be moved directly to a facility for self-isolation.


Aircraft Crew Visas

Aircraft crews must obtain a C-3-11 Visa issued by the Korean embassy to enter South Korea. The following documents must be submitted to the embassy before a C-3-11 Visa can be issued to crew members:

  1. Visa application form with one colored, passport-sized photo taken against a white background
  2. Passport with at least 6 months remainder validity (original and copy)
  3. A fee of 280 HRK or 40 USD in Cash
  4. Letter of invitation
  5. Employment contract
  6. Seaman Book
  7. A certificate of the vessel’s nationality
  8. General declaration of the vessel’s arrival/departure
  9. A doctor’s note regarding COVID-19 in English, issued within the last 48 hours.
  10. A Health Condition Report Form
  11. Consent for Isolation

Aviation Fuel

Jet A-1 is the most used fuel for commercial aviation in South Korea. No person may operate an aircraft into South Korea without loading the amount of fuel designated by ordinance of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport. It is worth noting that South Korea’s production of eco-friendly aviation fuel is in position to increase because of the partnership between the national flag carrier and major local refiners for carbon-neutral jet fuel.


Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Any person who intends to operate an aircraft to transport dangerous goods, such as highly explosive or flammable materials, must obtain permission from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport. Any aircraft operator who packages, stores, transports, loads, or handles dangerous goods must adhere to the procedures and methods for handling dangerous goods as specified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport to prevent aviation hazards and ensure the safety of human lives.

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