Air City

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Air City
Air City drama.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as Aero City
Written by
  • Lee Seon-hee
  • Lee Seo-yoon
Directed by Im Tae-woo
Opening theme "Fist 2 Fist"
Ending theme "All in Vain" by TVXQ
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s)
  • Korean
  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese
No. of episodes 16
Producer(s) Choi Won-suk
Running time 60 minutes
Original network Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Audio format Stereo
Original release May 19 (2007-05-19) – June 8, 2007 (2007-06-08)
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Air City (Hangul에어시티; RRAe-eo Si-ti) is a 2007 South Korean television drama starring Lee Jung-jae, Choi Ji-woo, Lee Jin-wook, and Moon Jung-hee.[1] It aired on MBC from May 19 to June 8, 2007 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:40 for 16 episodes. The drama revolves around the work and romance of four airport personnel, showing the inner workings of the airline industry.[2]

It was shot almost entirely at the Incheon International Airport,[3] and as research for the script, four writers interviewed over 200 airport personnel over a two-year stretch.[4][5][6]


Han Do-kyung (Choi Ji-woo) was especially scouted by the Incheon Airport director and willingly accepted one-third of the pay she was receiving in Singapore, to come back to Korea as the chief of operations of Incheon International Airport. She is level-headed, speaks five different languages, and remains cool and calm under all circumstances. However, Do-kyung lives with the emotional wounds caused by her estrangement from her sister Yi-kyung, a pilot (Lee Da-hee).

Do-kyung's unflappability is put to the test when she meets rash National Intelligence Service agent Kim Ji-sung (Lee Jung-jae). Acting on instinct whenever he thinks national security is at stake, he often breaks rules and ruffles feathers on the job, bringing him into constant contact, and sometimes conflict, with Do-kyung. After being stationed at the airport, he encounters doctor Seo Myung-woo (Moon Jung-hee), his ex-girlfriend who is now working at the airport clinic, with whom he parted on painful terms.

Meanwhile, another airport employee is Do-kyung's childhood friend Kang Ha-joon (Lee Jin-wook). Ha-joon is quick-tempered with a habit of talking aggressively due to the nature of his job with airport security, watching over thousands of surveillance cameras. But he has a good relationship with all the airport employees, even the cleaners, because of his kind personality. As he and Do-kyung renew their friendship, he becomes a strong source of support for her. His feelings for her quickly turn romantic, despite the complication of Do-kyung being his superior at work.

But Ha-joon's affections remain unrequited, because Ji-sung and Do-kyung, despite struggling with memories and misgivings from the past, find themselves falling for each other.


Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

Episode ratings[edit]

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2007-05-19 1 12.7 (8th) 14.1 (7th)
2007-05-20 2 10.8 (14th) 11.9 (11th)
2007-05-26 3 11.4 (7th) 11.9 (6th)
2007-05-27 4 12.6 (8th) 13.8 (7th)
2007-06-02 5 10.4 (9th) 10.5 (9th)
2007-06-03 6 10.8 (14th) 11.7 (11th)
2007-06-09 7 10.0 (11th) 10.9 (8th)
2007-06-10 8 11.1 (10th) 11.9 (7th)
2007-06-16 9 9.5 (9th) 10.1 (8th)
2007-06-17 10 10.9 (14th) 11.3 (10th)
2007-06-23 11 8.7 (15th) 9.0 (16th)
2007-06-24 12 10.4 11.0 (17th)
2007-06-30 13 9.9 (13th) 10.6 (11th)
2007-07-01 14 11.0 (19th) 11.6 (16th)
2007-07-07 15 9.9 (16th) 10.4 (13th)
2007-07-08 16 9.4 10.1 (18th)
Average 10.6 11.3

Source: TNS Media Korea

International broadcast[edit]

Japanese entertainment film Dentsu Inc. bought the series' broadcast rights for reportedly ¥200 million. It aired on cable channel WOWOW starting October 26, 2007.[7]

In Thailand, the drama aired dubbed into Thai under the title ปฏิบัติการรักเหินฟ้า (Patibutkan Rak Hernfha; literally Love Sky Operation) on the Modernine TV beginning October 14, 2009.[8]


  1. ^ Chung, Ah-young (January 3, 2007). "Hallyu Heroine Returns With New Drama". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lee Jeong-jae and Choi Ji-woo to Be Face of Incheon Airport". KBS Global. February 6, 2007. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Kim, Rahn (June 28, 2007). "Hidden Amenities at Incheon International Airport". The Korea Times. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Quality programs create their own niche". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 14, 2007. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kim, Pil-kyu (April 14, 2007). "Korean dramas lock horns with their American rivals". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (May 31, 2007). "Addicted to American Dramas". The Korea Times. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Popular Korean actress promotes Korean TV drama in Japan". Korea Tourism Organization. October 18, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ "ละคร ปฏิบัติการรักเหินฟ้า (Air City)". siamzone (in Thai). September 11, 2015. 

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