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Korea to Take over Air Traffic Control South of Jeju

2019/12/01 | Permalink | Source

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Korea is set to take over traffic control in an air corridor south of Jeju Island, where accidents have been feared due to the intermingling of the Korean, Chinese and Japanese air traffic control systems.

Japan has agreed to hand over control of the air corridor to Korea, Reuters reported on Thursday quoting the International Civil Aviation Organization.

"China was included in the agreement, as its air traffic controllers currently hand over to Japanese controllers in the corridor, and will in future hand over to [Korean] controllers", Reuters added. 

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport here said talks have taken place with the ICAO but no final agreement has been reached.

Of the total 519 km-long air corridor, a 259 km-long section comes within Korea's flight information region. But China and Japan took control of air traffic there when they opened a direct air route between them in 1983 because China opposed Korean control in the absence of full diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Diplomatic ties were formally established in 1992.

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