South Korean cargo carrier Air Incheon is looking to set up an operational base at Khabarovsk airport in eastern Russia.
The proposal was discussed during the airline's recent negotiations with the airport authority and regional government.
"We're studying local potential from the standpoint of export and import trade," says Air Incheon president Pak Yon Kwan. "We'd like to provide freight services not only between Russia and South Korea, but also from Khabarovsk to other Asian countries."
Since March, Air Incheon has operated a Boeing 737-400 freighter from Seoul Incheon International airport to Qingdao in China, Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, Tokyo, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in Russia.
In 2011, Incheon airport's owners acquired a 10% stake in Khabarovsk airport with a view to assisting the Russian facility's development as a regional air hub.
Khabarovsk has two parallel runways and stands out as the largest gateway in Russia's east. Last year, its traffic exceeded 1.8 million passengers.
There are plans to increase its annual capacity to four million passengers and 70.000t of cargo by 2030.