LONDON – Seven airlines will increase total weekly service between South Korea and the South East Asian city-state by 60% in June. This new increase also welcomes a new city pairing between Singapore and Jeju Island.
Route Increases for Summer 2022
June 2022, is expected to be the month to be for recovery flights between the two countries. T’Way Air, a South Korean low-cost carrier, will fly twice weekly from Seoul to Singapore as of 29th May.
Air Premia, a newly established airline with 787s on order will also start operation to Singapore Changi three times a week from 29th June from Seoul. Air Premia weathered through the pandemic by commencing PAssenger AIrcraft CCarrying Cargo (PACC) operations in Changi in the last quarter of 2021.
Jeju Air, one of South Korea’s largest Low-Cost Airlines will become the sole operator on the Singapore-Busan route, flying twice weekly from 25 June. Busan is South Korea’s second-largest city.
Scoot Airline, Singapore’s homegrown LCC co-owned by Singapore Airlines will start to operate on Jeju Island on the 15th of June.
As newer services take the spotlight, let’s not forget the flights that are being restored after 2 years of hiatus. there will be additional services to Seoul by Asiana Airlines (5x to 7x weekly), Korean Air (7x to 10x weekly) and Singapore Airlines (7x to 11x weekly).
In addition to the increased flights, seven airlines (Air Premia, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Korean Air, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, and T’way Air) will operate 42 weekly services to Busan, Jeju and Seoul. Increased flights have strengthened Singapore-South Korea ties. Prior to Covid-19 five airlines operated to two cities in Korea in 2019.
Changi Airport Looks to the Future in a Post-Pandemic travel world
Changi Airport Group’s Managing Director of Air Hub Development, Mr Lim Ching Kiat, said, “South Korea has always been among the top travel destinations for Singaporeans. With these new flight options, Singapore residents now have more choices to explore the different cities in Korea. At the same time, we can look forward to welcoming more South Korean tourists to Singapore.”
“In terms of seat capacity, Changi Airport is the second most connected to South Korea among airports worldwide. We continue to work with our airline and travel partners to promote travel between the two countries.”
Cargo traffic also played a crucial role. South Korea was Changi’s seventh-largest trade partner in 2021. Exports and imports through the air between the two nations registered about 60,000 tonnes, surpassing pre-Covid-19 levels by 5%.
#Most of the inbound cargo traffic ( From Korea to Singapore ) consists of fresh strawberries, electronic parts and e-eCommerce. Whilst on the other direction, goods such as perfumes, food products spare parts are being shipped.
Singapore’s Changi as of the 1st May, 83 airlines flew over 2,900 weekly scheduled flights at Changi Airport. This allows the nation-state to be connected to 124 cities in 46 countries globally.