Korean Air is resuming multiple routes to China and Japan, including Changsha, Wuhan, Weihai, Fukuoka and Nagoya, after a hiatus of more than three years.
The Seoul Incheon-Changsha route resumed operations with flights five times a week on 19 July, and the Seoul Incheon-Wuhan and Seoul Incheon-Weihai routes will resume operations from 24 September and 27 September, respectively.
Also starting on 27 September, the SkyTeam carrier will resume its Busan-Fukuoka and Busan-Nagoya routes.
Flights will operate twice a day to Fukuoka, and daily to Nagoya from Busan.
These routes will be serviced by the Boeing 737-900ER, with a capacity of 173 passengers.
With the resumption of these routes departing from Busan, Korean Air seeks to further support the Korean government’s bid for the World Expo 2030 in Busan.
Korean Air is also expanding its international flight operations to meet rising international travel demand through flight frequency increases.
Starting this month, the airline has increased frequencies and reinstated flights on its extensive global network.
As of July 2023, the airline’s available seat kilometer (ASK) capacity reached approximately 82 per cent of pre-pandemic levels in 2019.
In July, Korean Air implemented frequency increases on several routes.
In the North American region, the airline expanded the number of flights on the Seoul Incheon-Chicago route from 5 to 7 times per week, on the Seoul Incheon-Dallas route from 4 to 5 times per week, and on the Seoul Incheon-San Francisco route from 7 to 9 times per week.
In Europe, the airline increased frequencies on the Incheon-Frankfurt route from 5 to 7 times per week, and on the Incheon-Milan route from 3 to 4 times a week.
The airline is also increasing the number of weekly flights on its routes to Ulaanbaatar, Sapporo and Bali.
The Seoul Incheon-Ulaanbaatar route has seen an increase from 7 to 8 times a week in July, and services will expand to 10 weekly flights for the month of August.
Korean Air also increased frequencies from 7 to 11 times a week between Seoul Incheon and Sapporo earlier this month, and it will increase flights from 9 to 11 times a week between Seoul Incheon and Bali by the end of August, adding additional flights on Friday and Saturday.