Korean Air Winter Schedule Increases Frequency
Korean Air announced changes to its flight schedule in time for 2019 winter season. In line with the winter schedule that will take effect on October 27, the airline will offer more convenient schedules for passengers by increasing supply of major routes with high seasonal demand.
Airlines adjust their major flight schedules for summer and winter seasons every year, considering various factors such as seasonality. The winter schedule starts on the last Sunday of every October and the summer schedule on the last Sunday of every March. This year’s winter schedule will run from October 27 to March 28, 2020.
Korean Air will boost profitability by increasing service frequency on key routes that have shown steady growth and launching new routes.
First, Korean Air will launch new flights to Clark, the Philippines,on October 27. The flight will depart from Incheon at 7:55 a.m., offering a convenient schedule for passengers preferring a morning flight.
Clark is a resort town on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, which is about two hours by land from Manila, the capital city. The Puning Hot Springs and Subic Beach are well-known tourist destinations, and demand for tourism has been rising steadily recently.
The airline will also launch new flights to Zhangjiajie, Nanjing and Hangzhou, which are routes distributed as a result of the previous Korea-China aviation talks. Incheon-Zhangjiajie will be operated three times a week, Incheon-Nanjing four times a week, and Incheon-Hangzhou twice a week.
Nanjing, China, is well-known as the center of electronics, petrochemical and automobile industries, with many Korean companies operating there, while Zhangjiajie is a leading tourist destination in China, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site due to its excellent natural scenery. Hangzhou is famous for its artificial lake, West Lake, and is also known as the center of China’s IT industry, as it is home to the headquarters of Alibaba, an e-commerce company.
Korean Air will also boost the frequency of some key routes to reflect the rising demand. The Incheon-Honolulu service will be increased from seven times a week to eleven times a week, from December 9. The Incheon-Auckland and Incheon-Brisbane services were operated five and four times a week respectively, but both flights will operate daily during the winter season. The frequency of Incheon-Manila flight will increase from 14 times a week to 18 times a week, and the Incheon-Guam flight will increase from 14 times a week to 20 times a week. In addition, the airline will increase the frequency of the Incheon-Beijing route from 14 times a week to 17 times a week. The Incheon-Delhi route has been operating as a daily flight since September 2019, an increase from previous five times a week.
Meanwhile, Korean Air will deploy wide-body aircraft such as B747-8i and A380 on the Oceania routes, expanding capacity and improving customer convenience.
During the winter season, Korean Air will suspend selected flights including Incheon-St. Petersburg, Incheon-Irkutsk, taking seasonality into account. The Incheon-Zagreb and Incheon-Zurich will be temporarily suspended from December 2. The Incheon-Kagoshima and Incheon-Oita services will be temporarily suspended between January and March 2020.
Korean Air is endeavoring to achieve route competitiveness and enhance profitability through winter schedule adjustments, by expanding its capacity on Southeast Asia, China and Oceania routes, following the falling demand on Japanese routes and changes in seasonal demand.
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