Air New Zealand has announced the commencement of direct flights to Seoul in November, bringing it into direct competition with Korean Air.
The inclusion of Seoul to its expanding Pacific rim network is a fantastic development for Kiwis looking for a direct route into a lesser explored Asian destination. It’s also great news for the 40,000 Korean expats that call New Zealand home. With 10 million residents in Seoul alone, the increased inbound tourism and business opportunities are endless.
Services will commence flying into Seoul’s Incheon International Airport from 23 November 2019, three times a week. During the peak holiday period of December to mid-February, services will scale up to five times a week.
The Air New Zealand Seoul service will operate using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, flying northward for 12 hours and 11 hours southward. In comparison, Korean Air operates B777-300ERs with the same flight durations.
Tickets will go on sale soon – so look out for some great specials on this new route. In the meantime, Air New Zealand is working through regulations and confirming landing slots.
Kiwis may recall that Air New Zealand operated services between Auckland and Seoul in the mid-1990s but services were suspended with changing travel patterns and stronger demand elsewhere.
Will you be exploring the nightlife or exotic flavours of Seoul?