Yesterday saw the launch of faster train travel between Korea’s two main cities, Seoul and Busan. The travel time between the two cities via KTX rail has been reduced by 22 minutes to two hours and 18 minutes with stops in Daejeon, Daegu, Gyeongju and Ulsan – after the completion of a new high-speed rail between Daegu and Busan. Local budget carriers have hit back and are offering new promotional packages and improved services to keep customers. Air Busan, a local budget carrier of Asiana Airlines, the nation’s second-largest carrier, said recently that it “will compete with KTX directly by

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