Spring Airlines has announced it will begin flying from Pudong, Shanghai to Incheon International airport four times a week, starting on September 23.
The service will depart Shanghai on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 1410 and arrive at Seoul at 1555. The return leg leaves the South Korean capital at 1655 and lands in China at 1855. A 180-seat A320 will be used on the route.
Passengers from China have typically preferred to transit at Incheon, rather than fly direct between China and the Americas, to bring down the cost. With the launch of the low-cost service, passengers will now be able to pay even less for this stretch of the journey. Ticket prices vary, but according to the online booking system, rates start from RMB674 (US$110) including tax.
Seoul has always been a strategic location for airlines, and this upcoming service will make the network between China, Japan and South Korea more complete. A spokesperson for the carrier commented on Spring Airlines' expansion, pointing out that it launched its first route from Shanghai to Ibaraki in 2010 (see here) and within four years had reached Hong Kong (see here), Macau, Kaohsiung (see here), Taipei and other destinations in the region. The additional service to South Korea will give travellers more low-price options when flying within Asia-Pacific.