On The Way To The Airport

On The Way To The Airport (2016)

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Choi Soo Ah works as an assistant purser at an airline. She has been working there for 12 years. Her husband is a pilot and they have a 12-years-old daughter. Choi Soo Ah thinks she is content with her life, but she meets Seo Do Woo. Her life changes. Seo Do Woo works as a part-time instructor in architecture. He has a bright and warm heart. He is married and they have read morea daughter, but a shocking incident occurs. Due to this, he becomes confused and Choi Soo Ah comes into his life.

  • Native title:

    공항 가는 길
  • Also Known as:

    Gonghang Ganeun Gil; Going to the Airport; Road to the Airport;

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Nov 11, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
On the Way to the Airport in a unique drama.

In the ocean of sugary sweet love stories with clichés like accidental kiss scenes and drunken confessions or over the top makjangs with evil in laws and memory losses, I found a drama that is slow paced, mature and tackles some heavy matters with a very realistic approach. I thought it’s impossible to show the story about two people finding love outside read more their marriage in the world of a very conservative Korean television, so with every episode I watched, I was growing more and more surprised that the drama didn’t change its tone in any of the typical directions, so either overly melodramatic or exaggerated comedy. It finished just as it started: calmly, simply and without big declarations or unexpected plot twists. I agree that the last two episodes weren’t as well-thought as the first part of the drama, but considering this sudden decision to cut it by 4 episodes, I think they did an exceptional work anyway.

I liked the cast. Even though I think that Kim Ha Neul is not a greatest actress, she played the role of a timid, dependant Choi Soo Ah perfectly. She and a male lead, Lee Sang Yoon, had an amazing chemistry. I don’t know how they did it, but every time they touched or even so much as looked at each other, you could feel intense feelings between them. However their chemistry was very mature and perfectly fit for the flow of the story. The rest of the cast was also very good, I especially connected with Soo Ah’s best friend Mi Jin, who was flawed, but that’s what made her very human and likeable.

To sum it up, I really loved On the Way to the Airport and I wish there were more dramas like that. I loved its simplicity and the courage to set the story around subjects that are more often than not considered forbidden. If you’re looking for a break from typical tropes, you won’t be disappointed.
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Nov 10, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Who knew forbidden love could be so romantic? On the way to the airport, or the way i want to see it, on the way to happiness was simply beautiful and so elegant despite the controversial concept it is about.

Let me break it down for you, the drama is about 2 beautiful loving soulmates who, by the time they meet, they already have settled down for the wrong people. The drama read more is about true and fated love, but in its core it talks about putting yourself, your needs first and choosing your own happiness over everything and everyone else. We deserve to be happy and nobody is entitled to strip us of this right!

Yes the drama, on the surface, presents 2 married individuals who, because of different personal circumstances, fall for each other. Don't let this drive you away from this drama. The affair is introduced in the most romantic way possible without being glorified. It's not filthy in any way, quite on the contrary i'd say.

Best thing about the drama was easily the chemistry between the leads. Not the best i've seen but enough to charm you and make you get lost in the sparks.

The drama is so natural, based completely on emotions and feelings, the plot devices for the story to unfold are strong and it is never really dragged or anything considering you're into romance and melodrama. However, there are certain drawbacks that refrain me from giving it a higher score.

First and foremost, i feel that the writers were really scared to actually go for it. The build up is there, the reasons, the excuses, the plot that is getting thicker and thicker, the chemistry which is sizzling but there is no climax. Maybe it was because the drama was trimmed by 4 episodes and they needed to reach the end faster but in any case i felt there was no intensity in the situations, the romantic and the marital ones as well as no climax of the affair.

Other than that, i feel inclined to stress the fact that the marital situations that resulted in the affair were overplayed and exaggerated. Of course this is a drama and surely i expect certain situations to be overstated but some characters felt way too unrealistic and/or evil so we can excuse the 2 main leads with ease and feel good for rooting for them to cheat.

Story wise, the drama was solid, i only wished it wasn't so subtle when it came to the affair and also that they wouldn't deem some characters so evil just so they make other character look favorable. Too fake in my opinion.

Continuing to the acting, the overall experience was quite spectacular.
I've seen Lee Sang Yoon in other roles, wasn't impressed. Apparently i hadn't seen his flawless puppy eyes that he so effortlessly demonstrates here. Emotional and passionate, he pulled of his character impeccably.

Gotta hand it to Shin Sung Rok, for being a complete asshole (jn yet another drama i've seen him in). Takes talent to become the perfect antagonist and act like a complete jerk so realistically. An actor for me to look out for.

My personal favourite is, hands down, Choi Yeo Jin; the actress deserves more credit, she's been amazing in every project i've seen her in, but she shines here. Loved her character and the friendship subplot that she introduced, she was strong and intelligent and yet so loyal and dependable. Relateable and loveable.

My only issue was with Kim Ha Neul. Not that she was bad or anything, but i did feel that she overacted a lot especially while crying to the point it was fake and, moreover, i couldn't really relate to her in certain scenes while the plot was crafted so conveniently that anyone should have been able to excuse her and identify.

Overall, this is a good watch. Considering this is a melodrama it's not overly heavy, just the right amount. I'd recommend this to melodrama and especially romance fans. Be warned that the romance is not cute and fluffy here, but it is fullfilling (the chemistry is one you don't want to miss out on) in case you want to see something more "serious" let's say. I doubt i'll rewatch this, but it deserves a try.
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    MaryamDH 7 hours ago

    I can't move on from this one! It was the most romantic drama I ever watched.

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    nuka Jan 21, 2017

    I am going to rewatch this drama. it has a lot to offer, things to reflect on and lessons to learn. thanks god we have time to time more mature stories among this flood of teenage dramas.

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    shoetsukiyama Jan 4, 2017 - edited

    lol anyone who came here from liar game? too much feels man

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      RawaRauf Jan 7, 2017

      Watched Liar game as one of my first drama (actually maybe 2nd korean drama) and started this because of Kang Do Young's Portrating Actor.

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    etcetera Jan 3, 2017

    congratulations to lee sang yoon and kim ha neul for winning male excellence award for mini siries and female top excellence award. so much love for them and this drama <3333

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    Fortuna Dec 31, 2016

    After watching "My Wife’s Having an Affair this Week" I was wondering how this would fair. Hmm.

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    beep90 Dec 18, 2016

    what a wonderful drama. i will miss this ! and the ost was beautiful aswell. from acting to direction to production , everything was on point.

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    RanaKaloti Dec 8, 2016

    in simple words i think this drama is a healing drama
    one of the best dramas for this year i liked it so much especially the chemistry between the two leads

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    lily_b Dec 7, 2016

    I think this is a wonderful drama, very beautiful to watch, heartwarming and sweet. Not too much over the top hate, revenge, evil plotting etc... even though the emotions are intense and sometimes painful, this is never dark. A lot of my love for this drama is because the leads have a beautiful, natural chemistry, they are both so sweet and kind. Especially Do Woo is a wonderful man; patient, protective and understanding. Probably too good to be true but I don't care.

    For me it's the best romance drama I've watched in a very long time and even one of the best dramas I've watched this year.

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    etcetera Nov 19, 2016 - edited

    When watching this drama, i think of it as 2 strangers in a rocky marriage find comfort with each other instead of 2 people having an affair. If u put it that way, ull be able to connect to the characters and the decisions they make. There are people out there who experience such circumstances. In life u never know how/why certain people cross your path, thats fate.

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    Namasya Nov 16, 2016

    I had been waiting for more episodes expecting it to be of 20 episodes and suddenly I realize it that I had already watched the final episode... This is so unexpected.... and I feel very bad for not being able to see Seo Do Woo again... Poor me

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    ShinMinAh_05 Nov 15, 2016

    sometimes this drama make me curios when I watch, but sometimes make me bored too. I rated this drama 7.8

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    Almonda Nov 14, 2016

    This is a a wonderful slice-of-life-story.
    I love the calm atmosphere, the main couple´s chemistry and most of all we finally have a satisfying ending. This is one drama I will rewatch.

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    mahgikkow23 Nov 14, 2016

    I thought this drama was worth watching as I anticipated the episodes every week!
    Its sad to know that the episodes were cut down to 16 (Usually 20 episodes) which is why the story isn't fully completed with a few plot holes, but overall, this drama was very calming.
    Wishing for a Do Woo myself in the near future haha~ give this drama a try if you're looking for a mellow romance.

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    Sara Nov 13, 2016

    This lack so much ! there's no real story no conversations no shit it's all about 2 cheaters that's it

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    M31 Nov 13, 2016 - edited

    Beautiful drama -- the photography, soft filters, music were a perfect complement to the effortless story and acting. Like enjoying a fine smooth wine.

    Great casting all around. Kim Ha Neul did a fantastic job as the vulnerable and lonely wife. Cant imagine anyone else playing this role -- she fit it to a T.
    Lee Sang Yoon, as usual, brooded and dimpled his way charmingly into my heart.

    Does anyone know other dramas/movies from this director and writer? I would love to watch more of their work.

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      M31 Nov 14, 2016

      Thanks for your reply! :)

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      shubs Nov 15, 2016

      your comment “brooded and dimpled his way charmingly into my heart.” :)) hahah..just exactly what i felt through the drama.. :)


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Sep 21, 2016 to Nov 10, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 886 users)
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