K-Drama Review: ‘On the Way to the Airport’ Follows a Glorified Love Affair Between Two Married Couples

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Learn More About Korean Drama On the Way to the Airport

On the Way to the Airport is a South Korean television series that aired every Wednesday and Thursday on KBS2 at 22:00 KST for 16 episodes. The series is of the romance and melodrama genre. The shooting locations were situated in South Korea and Malaysia. The series features stars, such as Kim Ha-neul, Lee Sang-yoon, Shin Sung-rok, Choi Yeo-jin, and Jang Hee-jin. The series reached 9.6% at its highest viewership rating.

On the Way to the Airport: A Love Affair Between Two Married Couples

The story revolves around Choi Soo-ah, a twelve-year veteran flight attendant who is married to Park Jin-seok, a veteran pilot. They both work for the same airline company. They have a daughter named Park Hyo-eun who is in her pre-adolescence age. Park Jin-seok is determined to send Park Hyo-eun to an international school which is why he enrolls her to an international school in Malaysia without prior discussion with his wife and his daughter.

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In Malaysia, Park Hyo-eun is roommates with Annie Seo, a cheerful and kind-hearted South Korean who studies in the same school. Annie Seo is often video calling with her stepfather, Seo Do-woo. However, Annie Seo has a bad relationship with her mother, Kim Hye-won. After getting banned from going home to Seoul by her mother, she bursts into crying and starts running in despair without being vigilant of the surrounding conditions. She even bumps to Choi Soo-ah but keeps on running frantically. Unfortunately, she gets hit by a car and dies as a result of the obtained injuries.

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Seo Do-woo is shocked and extremely sad because his stepdaughter has passed away. It becomes even worse when Kim Hye-won doesn’t want to bring back Annie Seo’s body to Seoul and asks Mary, the homestay owner in Malaysia, to throw away all of her stuff. Despite her wish, Seo Do-woo flies back to Malaysia to cremate Annie Seo’s body and bring her back home. Meanwhile, Choi Soo-ah who finds out about Annie Seo’s accident rashly decides to bring Park Hyo-eun back home. She goes back to the homestay to bring back all of her daughter’s stuff. After hearing Mary’s story about Annie Seo’s stuff, she decides to take her stuff back with her.

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Coincidentally, Choi Soo-ah and Seo Do-woo are on the same flight to Seoul. Choi Soo-ah asks him to meet after they arrive in Seoul to give him Annie Seo’s stuff. However, her baggage gets mixed up and it takes hours before they arrive in Seoul. Choi Soo-ah and Seo Do-woo finally have a proper meeting and introduce each other. They are waiting for the baggage for the whole night at the airport lobby. After he gets Annie Seo’s stuff, he takes her home. On their way home, they see the beautiful dawn on Han River together. The moments they spend together that night makes them start to develop feelings for each other.

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Choi Soo-ah’s family conditions are getting worse. Her husband is mad at her for bringing their daughter back home. She and her daughter are forced to live with his mother. Her mother-in-law doesn’t want to take care of her daughter unless she is given 70% portion of Choi Soo-ah’s salary. Additionally, she finds out that her daughter is being bullied at school. She then decides to quit her job in order to focus on taking care of her daughter. But everyone in the family opposes her. At the worst timing, she also finds out about her husband’s affair with Song Mi-jin, her best friend, who turns out to be his ex-girlfriend.

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Seo Do-woo’s family conditions are also getting worse. His wife is mad at him for bringing Annie Seo’s cremated remains back home. She has even remodeled her daughter’s bedroom to leave no trace of her. He is caught up in the middle of the disputes between his wife and his uncle. His mother’s health is also getting worse and she passes away. In addition, he finds out that his wife had been lying about how she raised their daughter and the lies she had been telling their daughter about her biological father. He finds out that her own daughter had no meaning for his wife and that she would rather choose her job than her daughter.

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During all of Choi Soo-ah and Seo Do-woo’s hardships, they find comfort and solace in each other. They are there for one another when they need each other the most. Their feelings of love and longing are increasingly growing driving them into an affair behind the backs of each other’s spouses.

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