Korean Air will nearly double its flight schedules to several of its main China destinations.
On the back of increased business and tourism demand from China, Korean Air will expand its Incheon-Beijing flights from 11X- to 14X-weekly, mainly on late night and early morning slots. The airline will also boost flights on the Incheon-Guangzhou route from 4X- to 7X-weekly.
Korean Air is also ramping up services at several other tier-two cities. It will be increasing frequencies from the secondary cities of Yanji, Wuhan Shenzhen and Mudanjiang. Most new services will be implemented from July; the remainder will begin from the start of August, taking the total flights per week from China to Incheon to around 35, nearly doubling service.
The carrier’s new routes are being opened on the back of a recent legal dispute between Korean and rival Asiana Airlines over the allocation of slots by Korea’s Ministry of Transport, Land and Infrastructure (MTLI). MTLI recently allocated Asiana rights to 22 new Chinese-destination slots including to Chengdu and seven other second-tier destinations.