Two years on, still no int’l flight activity at North Korea’s Kalma airport
Satellite imagery, sources suggest Wonsan development remains largely unused domestically
International flights are yet to land at Wonsan’s Kalma International Airport since tourists first visited it in September 2015 and domestic air traffic there has been exceptionally light, flight data, travel industry insiders, and satellite imagery shows.
In addition, the new easterly runway built adjacent to the old one appears to be incomplete, perhaps contributing to why North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has never paid an official visit to the passenger terminal in state media records.
The Kalma airfield underwent a major renovation and modernization to accommodate international flights between 2014-2015, with a reported
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