Booking a Flight to North Korea Now as Easy as 일, 이, 삼 (or Is it?)
If you think your airline is treating you poorly during the hullabaloo surrounding Hurricane Sandy—think again—as there’s one carrier that's much worse on a clear day. Air Koryo is the national carrier of North Korea and they are most famous for being the world’s only one-star airline. Let’s just say they aren’t really known for the in-flight dining options, variety of routes, customer service, or technology. Obviously this isn’t an airline that most are going to use, but now that they’ve entered the internet age we’re not so sure.
Obviously you’re going to need plenty of paperwork for travel to Pyongyang, but if you’re willing to fill out all the forms in advance you’ll be ready to fly with Air Koryo. There won’t be any Boeing or Airbus planes whisking you off to Pyongyang, but if you’re looking for some Tupolev aircraft—they’ve got you more than covered.
We looked for a flight between Beijing and Pyongyang for Spring Break of next year, and it looks like we’ll be able to head into North Korea for only $291. That’s for economy class, but a seat up front in business class is available. It sounds like they’re actually somewhat generous with their baggage allowance, as you’ll get 44 pounds of checked baggage and you’re welcome to bring a bag on board as well.
This probably isn’t an option that many of us will soon take advantage of, but it's fun to price-check bucketlist destinations, isn't it?
[Photo: Air Koryo]