Airfare to Korea
The ESL teachers who are on a teach and travel project offered by American TESOL Institute in South Korea do not really have to worry about the airfare. Most of the employers under Ministry of Education reimburse the airfare to South Korea. After your arrival in Korea the school authority will pay you half of your year round ticket and the remaining half is paid at the end of the contract. The arrival cost is reimbursed and that is usually the price of an economy flight ticket from the nearest airport of your hometown to Korea. Your return ticket is given on your last day of the expiry of contract.
It is always better not to arrange your trip on your own. The schools are there to assist you in your travel plan and when they are ready to bear the cost of the airfare to and from Korea, why will you take the pain of spending so much? But if you are leaving Korea before the contract period expires, then you have to bear the return airfare cost. The school will not be responsible for any kind of travel cost once you are not with them.
There are several international airports in South Korea. Incheon International Airport being the largest airport in South Korea and one of the busiest ones in Asia offers impressive flight services to and from Korea. The international airways like Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, and Jeju Air connect South Korea with the rest of world through regular flight services. Teachers from USA, UK and Canada will surely get proper flights from Washington, Heathrow- London and Toronto respectively to South Korea. Korean Air is there to connect South Korea with US, UK and Canada. Most of the ESL teachers in South Korea come from these three countries and air travel is really comfortable with airlines like Korean Air and Asiana Airlines.
Jeju International Airport is another option for you. You will get frequent flights from Japan and China to this international airport of South Korea. Airline companies like Jeju Air offer flights from Hiroshima, Korean Air offers flights from Tokyo, Beijing and TransAsia Airways from Taiwan. Other international airports are Yangyang International Airport, Gimhae International Airport, Gimpo International Airport, and Muan International Airport.
You can have an idea about the airfare from some of the major cities of the world to South Korea from below although they are subject to change from time to time:
Qatar Airways: $394.00 [London Heathrow- Seoul Incheon via Doha]
United Airlines: $620.00 [New York Kennedy – Seoul Incheon via San Francisco]
Delta Air Lines: $686.00 [Toronto Intl- Seoul Incheon via Atlanta]
Air Canada: $577.00 [Vancouver- Seoul Incheon via Tokyo Narita]
United Airlines: $685.00 [Washington Natl- Seoul Incheon via Chicago O’Hare and San Francisco]
Emirates Airlines: $653 [London Gatwick- Seoul Incheon via Dubai]