BA returns to Seoul

British Airways is to commence six times weekly flights to Seoul from December after a gap of 14 years.  The flights will commence December 2, 2012 using a four class (economy, premium economy, business and first) B777 aircraft.

The flights to South Korea are timed so that the outbound flight to Seoul arrives there at the beginning of the working day. BA says that the return flights have been timed in order to allow connections to British Airways’ domestic and European short haul network.

Prices from Heathrow will start from £798 return for a World Traveller seat, £1,196 for World Traveller Plus, £2,599 in Club World and £5,775 for First class. From Manchester, prices are from £799, Glasgow from £798 and Newcastle from £797 return.

British Airways last flew direct to Seoul between 1996 and 1998.

Drew Crawley, British Airways’ commercial director, said: “We have seen significant growth in customers wanting to travel to Seoul for both business and pleasure. It is a vibrant city with a strong economic base, rated eighth in the Global Cities Index this year. Equally, there are vast numbers of South Korean companies wishing to come to the UK to do business as Asia’s economies continue to grow. We want to ensure that we do our bit in bringing as much business and tourism to the UK as we can.”

The schedule for British Airways’ new flight to Seoul is:

BA017 | Heathrow |  Seoul    | 13:00 | 08:55 | Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun     

BA018 | Seoul |  Heathrow | 10:45 | 14:00 | Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun     

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Report by Tom Otley

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  • Great news! A useful new route, and a day-flight back (which I find really helps with the jet lag). If this is as a result of some new slots at LHR thanks to BMI, let’s hope we get more and more new services like this.

  • This is good news but BA will be up against stiff competition here, from Korean but arguably especially Asiana. A colleague of mine flew them recently in J, and rated them above QF& SQ who he has also flown in the past year.

    A differentiator here though are the schedules. The Korean carriers arrive late afternoon, in time to get to your hotel and have dinner and then a good sleep, with BA it is in time for a day of work.

    Korean will also soon be flying from LGW as well.

  • Does BA have any future plan to fly again to the Philippines..It will save me much time changing Aircraft in Hong Kong.

  • Just got a quote for my flight in Club in December. A non-flexible ticket is coming in at a shade under £10,000. Surely some mistake?

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