July 02, 2022

Analysis: International service unlikely to N. Korea’s new Wonsan Int’l Airport

Lack of aircraft capacity and commercial refueling capabilities pose major hurdles to service

International service to a recently showcased modern new airport at the east coast city of Wonsan is not yet possible, and major hurdles could prevent the introduction of service there any time soon, an NK News analysis of the airport and domestic airline capabilities has shown.

North Korea’s state airline Air Koryo currently only has four aircraft permitted to enter neighboring Chinese and Russian airspace, while the new Wonsan International Airport is said to currently lack refueling capabilities to top up visiting commercial jets.