Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Taipei are among the destinations that will be added back to schedules as soon as next Monday.
Starting on June 1, South Korea’s flag carrier will be resuming passenger services on nearly 20 international routes from its hub at Seoul–Incheon International Airport, raising the tally of total flights to 146 per week. This is almost triple the number scheduled in May (55 flights per week). In a statement released earlier this month, the airline said it was adding “more international passenger flights to its June schedule to prepare for increased travel demand after Covid-19 restrictions per country are relaxed.”
In Southeast Asia, Korean Air will be restarting daily operations to Singapore, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City, along with a thrice-weekly service to Kuala Lumpur and twice-weekly flights to Yangon. Elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, the carrier is also set to touch down once more in Ulaanbaatar and Taipei, plus destinations across Mainland China such as Beijing, Shanghai (Pudong), Guangzhou, and Qingdao. Aviation executives in Seoul will no doubt welcome the recent news that China is hoping to set up a quarantine-free travel bubble that will include South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau in the near future. The airline regularly flew to Sydney, Brisbane, and Auckland before the pandemic hit, but all its routes to Australia and New Zealand have been suspended for now.
Other global destinations that will be served in June include the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Toronto, as well as Seattle and Washington, D.C. in the United States. Amsterdam and Frankfurt are also being added back to schedules as the company takes steps to gradually rebuild its European network.
Korean Air has grounded more than 90 percent of its international flights since late March as countries worldwide imposed travel restrictions and closed their borders. Its recovery so far still represents a fraction of its passenger services in pre-coronavirus days, when the carrier operated more than 900 flights on 110 international routes.
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