Korean Air and Asiana Airlines are now flying between Seoul Gimpo and Beijing Capital Airport.
Both carriers have deployed Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the new service. While Korean Air operates the flights three days a week on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with two flights each day, Asiana Airlines has launched a daily service.
The first Korean Air flight departs Seoul at 0930, arriving in Beijing at 1035, while the second flight departs Seoul at 1230, arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport at 1320. The first return leg departs Beijing at 0820, arriving back in Seoul at 1130, and the second return flight departs at 1150, arriving back in Seoul at 1455.
Asiana Airlines' flight departs Seoul just 20 minutes later, at 0950, arriving in Beijing at 1045, while the return leg departs Beijing at 1155, arriving back in Seoul at 1500.
Asiana Airlines will also be codesharing with Air China on this route, offering passengers a second option and a flexible timetable. Air China will also operate this route daily, using a Boeing B737-800 aircraft. The flight will depart Beijing at 1845, arriving in Seoul Gimpo at 2150, while the return leg will depart Seoul at 0925, arriving back in Beijing at 1040.
As reported earlier on Business Traveller (see story here), these flights are a result of an agreement between South Korea's and China’s aviation authorities, which increased the number of flights between the two nations by an additional 28 per week.
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