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Korean Air increases flights across its network

Korean Air is increasing flights to Japan and China as well as resuming some pre-COVID routes. The airline is also increasing flights to Europe and North America.


Korean Air is resuming multiple routes to China and Japan, including Changsha, Wuhan, Weihai, Fukuoka and Nagoya, after a hiatus of three and a half years. The Seoul Incheon-Changsha route has resumed as of 19th July 2023 with 5-flights-a-week, and the Seoul Incheon-Wuhan and Seoul Incheon-Weihai routes will resume operations from 24th September 2023 and 27th September 2023, respectively.

As of 27th September 2023, the airline will also resume flights on Busan-Fukuoka and Busan-Nagoya routes. Flights will operate twice-daily to Fukuoka, and daily to Nagoya. These routes will be operated by Boeing B737-900ER having 173 seats. Korean Air says that with the resumption of these routes departing from Busan, it seeks to further support the Korean government’s bid for the World Expo 2030 in Busan.

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. The airline has also increased frequencies from 7 to 11 times a week between Seoul Incheon and Sapporo since July, and will increase flights from 9 to 11 times a week between Seoul Incheon and Bali by the end of August, adding additional flights on Fridays and Saturdays.

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North America and Europe

In July, Korean Air implemented frequency increases on several routes. In the North American region, the airline has 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 has increased flight frequencies on the Incheon-Frankfurt route from 5 to 7 times per week, and on the Incheon-Milan route from 3 to 4 times per week.

Korean Air is also expanding its international flight operations to meet rising international travel demand through flight frequency increases. As of July 2023, 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% of pre-pandemic levels in 2019, indicating a significant recovery in capacity.

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