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New Route of the Day (7 May 2024): SWISS between Zurich and Seoul ICN

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SWISS added another international service to its network on Tuesday 7 May by inaugurating flights between Zurich and Seoul ICN. The 8,765-kilometre journey will be maintained 3-weekly, departing Switzerland’s largest city on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with the 215-seat A340-300 aircraft. It will compete directly against Korean Air’s 3-weekly rotations between the two cities.

Flight LX122 departs Zurich at 13:40 local time, arriving at Seoul ICN at 08:25 the following day. The return service, operating as flight LX123, takes off from Incheon Airport at 09:55 local time on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, touching back down at SWISS’ hub at 16:50 local time.

What they said

Heike Birlenbach, Chief Commercial Officer at SWISS, said: “We are delighted to be further growing our network. As well as our new long-haul destinations of Washington DC and Toronto, we have added the extremely attractive destination of Seoul to our Asian network in summer 2024. The capital of South Korea has a lot to offer leisure and business travellers alike. And our new Seoul service will help us even better meet our customers’ needs for non-stop services to and from the world’s key cities.”

Markus Binkert, Chief Financial Officer at SWISS, added: “The Zurich – Seoul route was a missing piece of our extensive global network. The two countries have a lot in common, from the rich cultural heritage to strong business ties that we have built, especially over the past five years. I envision this initiative as a seedling that will grow into a robust tree symbolizing the bilateral relationship between our two nations.”

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SWISS back in Seoul after 27 years

SWISS’ predecessor Swissair last flew to Seoul in 1997, however, back then it operated to Gimpo Airport, which was the South Korean capital’s main airport until it was replaced by Incheon in 2001.

The Lufthansa Group now operates 17-weekly flights to Seoul ICN, from its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich, as well as the newly added Zurich. SWISS’ parent Lufthansa currently operates a daily A350-900 service between Munich and Seoul ICN, as well as a daily Boeing 747-8 flight between Frankfurt and South Korea’s capital.

South Korea becomes SWISS’ 12th long-haul market, joining Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, UAE, and the US.

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