Jeju Island

City/Region/State:
Jeju Island – Korea

Timeline: Imminent – to be launched within the next three years

Route(s):
Jeju Airport – Mosupo (39km)
Jeju Airport – Seongsan Ilchulbong (42km)
Moseulpo-Gapado (6m)
Moseulpo-Gapado (11.5km)

Programme description

Jeju Island plans to launch air taxi flights for tourists by 2025. According to the Korea Herald, Jeju Island, Kencoa Aerospace and the Jeju Free International City Development Center (JDC), plan three routes across the island: connecting Jeju International Airport to the island’s southern Mosupo region, then links Moseulpo to Gapado and Marado and a third route moves along the east coast near Seongsan Ilchulbong, a popular tourist spot also known as Sunrise Peak.

Chanyoung Chung, Head of UAM Strategic Business at Kencoa Aerospace, was reported as saying: “This would allow tourists to hop on an eVTOL aircraft at Jeju airport; then directly land at tourist spots to be transferred to waiting air taxis nearby. The time frame will be during 2025.”

According to the news source
“Jeju Special Self-Governing Province also plans to set up a Vertiport –- a helipad-like area that can be on land, water or a structure on which eVTOLs can take off and land -- at large-scale hotels where many visitors stay. Jeju’s idea of deploying UAM as tourist transportation is highly feasible and can happen early, Chung said, citing Seoul City’s plan to “test” a UAM route that connects Gimpo International Airport to central Yongsan-gu, Seoul. The plan, however, has hit a snag as the presidential office was relocated to Yongsan-gu in May.

“Flying a UAM aircraft through the coast in the island faces less troubles compared to running an air taxi in Seoul, where flying drones or aircrafts in areas like Yongsan is heavily restricted by government regulations,” said Chung. “Jeju works as a perfect test bed and the best location to leverage UAM for the area’s advantages. Examining geographical features through the coastline is less complicated,and establishing a Vertiport on the sea can also work,” Chung added.

Sources:
www.koreaherald.com