Korean Air resumes multiple routes to China and Japan

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Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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After a hiatus of three years and six months, Korean Air is resuming multiple routes to China and Japan. The service resumptions not only enhance connectivity but will also support the Korean government’s bid for the World Expo 2030 in Busan.

Korean Air route resumptions


Korean Air has confirmed the resumption of flights on several key routes. As of July 19, the Seoul Incheon-Changsha route will be operational five times a week, providing travelers with more convenient options to travel between the two vibrant cities.

From September 24, the Seoul Incheon-Wuhan route and from September 27, the Seoul Incheon-Weihai route will also be back in service, further strengthening the airline’s network.

Supporting the World Expo 2030 Bid for Busan, the airline will commence operations on the Busan-Fukuoka and Busan-Nagoya routes starting September 27.

Passengers can enjoy twice-daily flights to Fukuoka and daily flights to Nagoya, with both routes served by the Boeing 737-900ER, boasting a comfortable capacity of 173 passengers.

This move will not only boost tourism and business travel between Busan and Japan but also contribute to Busan’s aspirations to host the prestigious World Expo in 2030.

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Capacity recovery


Korean Air is determined to respond to the surging international travel demand by expanding its flight frequencies and reinstating flights on its global network.

As of July 2023, the airline has achieved an impressive milestone, with its available seat kilometer (ASK) capacity reaching approximately 82% of pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

Increased frequency on major routes

To accommodate the increasing demand for travel, Korean Air has implemented frequency increases on several key routes.

Notably, in the North American region, the airline has amplified the number of weekly flights on the Seoul Incheon-Chicago route from 5 to 7 times per week, providing travelers with more flexibility in planning their journeys.

Additionally, the Seoul Incheon-Dallas route has been increased from 4 to 5 times per week, and the Seoul Incheon-San Francisco route has been boosted from 7 to 9 times per week.

In Europe, the airline has also enhanced flight frequencies on popular routes. Travelers can now enjoy 7 weekly flights on the Incheon-Frankfurt route, up from the previous 5, and 4 weekly flights on the Incheon-Milan route, an increase from the previous 3.

Expanding routes in Asia


Korean Air recognizes the importance of Asia as a key market for international travel. To meet the growing demand, the airline is increasing the number of weekly flights to Ulaanbaatar, Sapporo, and Bali.

In July, the Seoul Incheon-Ulaanbaatar route witnessed a frequency increase from 7 to 8 times a week, and this will further expand to 10 weekly flights in August.

Similarly, services between Seoul Incheon and Sapporo have risen from 7 to 11 times a week since July, meeting the demands of travelers to this popular Japanese destination.

Not to be outdone, the Seoul Incheon-Bali route will see an increase from 9 to 11 weekly flights by the end of August, with additional flights on Fridays and Saturdays.

This expansion is sure to delight leisure travelers seeking an escape to the beautiful Indonesian island.

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