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Top 5 Flights to Korea from Manila

From BTS to K-Drama, samgyupsal to an abundance of beauty products, South Korea’s contributions belong to a list too many to mention. Its ever-evolving culture has, in fact, made the country a well-loved tourist destination, most especially for Filipinos.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent flyer to this Asian destination, it’s time to whet your wanderlust with this handy breakdown of some of the best airlines to Korea.

1. Jeju Air

Jeju Air Flights

Jeju Air is the first and the number one South Korean low-cost carrier that flies passengers to domestic and international destinations such as South Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, Mongolia, and Russia, to name a few.

Things to Know:

  • Airport Route: Flies from NAIA Terminal 1 in Manila to Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea
  • Plane Model: Boeing 737-800
  • Seat Pitch: 29-31 inches
  • Entertainment: The FUN Service Teams put the “fun” in flights with engaging games, magic shows, illustration activities, and even a musical team providing a one-of-a-kind experience.

In-flight Meals:

Jeju Air’s Air Café ensures its passengers bound for Incheon of the best Korean food staples such as a Chicken and Beer Set, Beef Bulgogi and Sandwich Couple Meal, Bibimbap, plus other special plates that provide sumptuous variety. These pre-ordered meals can range from USD 8 and above.

Additional Perks:

Jeju Air members can enjoy discounts in some of Seoul’s popular tourist hotspots, such as Everland and the Korea Folk Village. Points can also land passengers awesome flight deals.

Book your flights to Korea here

2. Cathay Dragon 

Çathay Dragon Flights

The Hong Kong-based international airline is a member of the Cathay Pacific Group and covers about 53 destinations across Asia-Pacific region, including 23 routes to Mainland China. Cathay Dragon has been recognized as the Best Airline (China category) six times and has been honored as the Best Regional Airline in Asia back in 2011, 2013, and 2015.

Things to Know:

  • Airport Route: Flies from NAIA Terminal 3 in Manila to Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea
  • Caveat: Has one (1) layover in Hong Kong to and from South Korea
  • Plane model: Airbus A330-300
  • Seat pitch: 32 inches
  • Entertainment: Cathay Dragon provides a formidable range of entertainment; from the latest blockbuster hits to award-winning television shows, today’s music hits, fun digital games, and informative publications. 

In-flight Meals:

Diners aboard Cathay can choose from its variety of international or contemporary Asian offerings. While the menu is regularly updated, depending on the route and the season, first class dining is always ensured.

Some of its mouth-watering dishes include Stir-fried Spicy Chicken, Bean Curd, and Fragrant Rice, and the Blackeye Bean Masala with Basmatic Rice and Mushroom Curry. A wide selection of wines and other beverages also await passengers.

Additional Perks:

The Marco Polo Club is Cathay Pacific’s and Cathay Dragon’s loyalty rewards program that elevates its members’ travel experience through special club and partner benefits, exclusive services, and an easy point-earning system for future travel use.

Book your flights to Korea here

3. Korean Air 

Formerly known as the Korean National Airlines, Korean Air flies to about 135 destinations, which include international routes to 50 countries in Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North America, and South America.

Things to Know:

  • Airport Route: Flies from NAIA Terminal 1 in Manila to Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea
  • Plane model: Boeing 777-00ER
  • Seat pitch: 33-34 inches
  • Entertainment: Get busy watching Hollywood hits, listening to music, or reading eBooks—Korean Air makes sure that the adventure begins even when still aboard the aircraft.

In-flight Meals:

Korean Air’s gastronomic offerings are often related to fine dining, with award-winning food and service, which provides Western, Chinese, Japanese, and traditional Korean medleys, plus a selection of wines that evoke a premium dining atmosphere.

Additional Perks:

The SKYPASS membership rewards cardholders in miles with every spend from Korean Air partners, as well as benefits and flight upgrades, among others.

Book your Korean Air flights to Korea here

4. Philippine Airlines 

Philippine Airlines Flights

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the official flag carrier of the country, being the first and oldest commercial airline to operate under its name in Asia. With an impressive 41 routes to international destinations and 31 domestically, PAL offers an array of options in terms of flight classes—Economy, Premium Economy, and Business Class—as well as food selections and other flight add-ons.

Things to Know:

  • Airport Route: Flies from NAIA Terminal 2 in Manila to Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea
  • Plane Model: Airbus A321 / Airbus A330
  • Seat Pitch: 31 inches (Economy)
  • Entertainment: Flying with PAL features the myPAL eSuite, which showcases a catalogue of popular movies, TV shows, and games, as well as music and in-flight internet surfing.

In-flight Meals:

PAL’s in-flight menu covers well-loved Filipino favorites as well as fusion dishes. Delicious collaborations with renowned chefs also take center stage in the Food Festivals in the Sky, which promises a unique dining experience. Special meals that cater to dietary, medical, or religious needs are also served.

Additional Perks:

Receive free flights and other exciting benefits with the Mabuhay Miles program, while the myPAL Roam pocket WiFi can be rented for as low as PHP 200 a day when exploring the different sights abroad.

Book your Philippines Airlines flights to Korea here

5. Asiana Airlines 

Asiana Airlines Flights

Previously known as the Seoul Airlines, Asiana Airlines is one of South Korea’s two major carriers, along with Korean Air. It flies to over 100 destinations in Asia, Europe, Oceania, and North America.

Things to Know:

  • Airport Route: Flies from NAIA Terminal 1 in Manila to Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea
  • Plane Model: Airbus A321-100 / Airbus A321-200
  • Seat Pitch: 31 inches (Economy Basic)
  • Entertainment: The 4-hour flight to Seoul becomes unnoticeable when tuned in to Asiana’s line-up of in-flight blockbuster movies available through a shared or personal screen. An in-flight magazine app also allows passengers to read about different cultures, art, and travel experiences. Did I mention there’s also free WiFi connection?

In-flight Meals:

Asiana’s in-flight meals boast of quality. From the award-winning, Yeongyang Ssambap to the progressive Potofu Bossam, every bite is a guaranteed bang-for-the-buck experience.

Additional Perks:

Asiana Club members can collect miles and use them for free flights or avail of partner discounts and perks for hotel bookings and car rentals.

Book your Asiana Airlines flights to Korea here

Things to Remember at Incheon Airport

Incheon Airport Korea

Now that you have these flight options to choose from, it’s time to get to know the ins-and-outs of Incheon International Airport.

Here are some of the things to look forward to in terms of navigating one of the world’s best airports.

  • Relax and kill time at any of the indoor eco gardens or CGV’s airport cinema
  • Get a dose of the local history courtesy of the various exhibitions like the royal procession
  • Get artsy and make some traditional fans or bags at the Korean Culture Center
  • Hop-in the Korea Train Express (KTX) and get to the different tourist hotspots around Seoul
  • Hit the ground running and save time by getting subway passes from vending machines or at the information kiosks
  • The Oseong Observatory provides a high-octane view of incoming aircraft
  • Literally chill out at the ice-skating rink at the basement
  • Get some last-minute shopping done and score some souvenirs (or more beauty products) via Lotte, Shilla, or Shinsegae

Looking to spend your next vacation in South Korea? Book your flights on Traveloka online!


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