South Korea and China are doubling air traffic between both countries to meet demand for business travel, from 10 weekly flights to 20.
This was prompted by the need to “support urgent business demand and [the repatriation of residents] and international students”, South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) said in a 12 July statement.
Airlines of both countries currently operate 10 weekly flights across eight routes. Among these, three South Korean carriers each operate one weekly route from Seoul Incheon, to Shenyang, Changchun, and Weihai in China.
There are plans to add four routes from Incheon starting 12 July, to Nanjing, Guangzhou, Xi’an and Shenzhen. Both countries are also discussing the addition of a further three routes.
Cirium schedules data show Korean Air scheduled passenger flights to Shenyang in the month of June, as did Asiana Airlines to Changchun, and Jeju Air to Weihai.
Further out, Air Busan scheduled Incheon-Shenzhen passenger flights in July and August, and over the same period, Incheon-Nanjing for Asiana. Korean Air has Incheon-Guangzhou scheduled for August.
Air traffic between the two countries collapsed owing to the global coronavirus pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.
Cirium schedules data shows that a typical day in July 2019 saw about 160 flights between the two countries.