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Korean Air to reduce flights to Japan

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Korean Air has confirmed plans to reduce the number of flights to Japan, while increasing flights to Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Chinese markets.

Korean Air will suspend the Busan-Osaka route (14 flights a week) from Sept 16, as well as Jeju-Narita (3 flights a week) and Jeju-Osaka (4 flights a week) from Nov 1.

The airline will also temporarily suspend some of its other Japan routes. Incheon-Komatsu (3 flights a week) and Incheon-Kagoshima (3 flights a week) will be suspended from Sept 29 to Nov 16, and Incheon-Asahikawa (5 flights a week) will be suspended from Sept 29 to Oct 26.

For Incheon-Osaka/Fukuoka routes, both routes currently have 28 flights a week, and the frequency will be decreased to 21 flights a week between Oct 27 and Nov 16. The frequency of Incheon-Okinawa will be reduced from seven to four flights a week, and Busan-Narita/Fukuoka from fourteen to seven flights a week, between Sept 29 and Nov 16.

In the meantime, Korean Air plans to strengthen its route competitiveness by focusing more on other markets, such as Southeast Asia, Oceania, and China in the winter season.

To begin with, Korean Air will launch a new daily route to Clark, Philippines, starting from Oct 27. The airline will also add four more operations a week for Incheon-Chiang Mai/Bali, increasing the number of flights per week to eleven. In Oceania, the frequency of the Incheon-Brisbane route will be increased from five to seven flights a week.

Korean Air also plans to start direct thrice weekly flights from Incheon to Zhangjiajie and Hangzhou in China, and Incheon-Nanjing four times a week. The service between Incheon and Beijing will be operated 17 times a week, up from the previous 14 a week.

In other changes, Korean Air will boost the frequency on some domestic routes. It will launch a new service between Pohang and Jeju seven times a week, and the Ulsan-Jeju flight will be operated seven times a week, an increase of two flights a week.

The schedule updates are subject to government approval.

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Now this is where the Korea-Japan dispute finally starts affecting me. None of my Korean friends seem to care about this dispute and none of my Japanese students care about this dispute. However, I fly Korean air between Japan and Korea all the time. I love their mileage program and benefits. Reduced flights might mean I can't just simply pick tickets at my convenience when I am ready.

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Is it really dispute related?

Most Seoul to Tokyo isn't affected, I believe the ridership is just getting low to begin with.

Changing flight paths usually isn't something decided on a whim as planning and discussions with airports is required.

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Just when we are changing to Korean Air! Maybe not now.

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A lot of low-cost airlines are already getting more passengers for those routes anyway.

The big corporations are shaking and restructuring, I see.

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Visitor numbers are down in both directions. The airlines can't afford to run mostly empty flights.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

JJ - my experience of Korean has been pretty mediocre.  ANA way better, as are Asiana and the cheaper ones.

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If there is demand, other companies will happily take over.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Not too happy here either whenever Korean Air change their schedules.

Still, I have used them so often, and they generally do what it says on the box, at competitive prices, with the occasional free ticket, so hard to complain.

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If there is sufficient demand other carriers will snap up the slots.

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South korea will be destroy they self.

South Korea Moon spy from the North Korea.

Everybody know this.

I am Korean, in korea there are many crazy people who stay in government.

OMG

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