New Route of the Day – Asia Pacific (26 December 2023): Asiana Airlines between Seoul ICN and Melbourne
Asiana Airlines introduced seasonal flights between Seoul ICN and Melbourne on Tuesday December 26. The 8,530-kilometre route will be maintained 2-weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 29 February with the 311-seat A350-900 aircraft. The carrier faces no competition on the route.
Flight OZ6033 departs Seoul ICN at 08:00 local time, arriving in Melbourne at 20:30 local time. The return service, operating as flight OZ6034, takes off from Australia at 22:00 local time, arriving back in the South Korean capital at 06:40 local time the following morning.
What they said
Jim Parashos, Chief of Aviation at Melbourne Airport, said: “Until now, Seoul was one of our largest unserved markets, with travellers forced to connect through other ports in Australia or Asia. These direct services will mean passengers and Victorian exporters can avoid the cost and inconvenience of transiting through another city to reach South Korea. This is testament to the efforts of teams at both Melbourne Airport and the Victorian State Government, who have worked in partnership to secure capacity as airlines brought aircraft back into service. We expect this seasonal service will prove popular and given the increasingly close business ties between Victoria and South Korea, we are hopeful it will pave the way for regular, year-round flights in the future.”
Australia – Korea capacity reaches record levels
South Koreans have emerged as one of the biggest international demographics travelling to Australia since borders reopened, with increased airline capacities a driving force.
Melbourne becomes Asiana’s second destination in Australia, complementing Sydney. Prior to the pandemic, the Victorian capital had no nonstop flights to South Korea, while Sydney was only served by Korean Air and Asiana. Since then, both Qantas and Jetstar have launched operations between Sydney and Seoul, while Korean Air has commenced flights to Brisbane. The Queensland capital will see Jetstar launch services to Korea next month.
Asiana becomes Melbourne’s 38th international carrier
Melbourne Airport is now served by a record 38 international airlines. In December alone, four international carriers commenced flights to the city, including Air India from Mumbai, Batik Air from Kuala Lumpur, and Aircalin from Noumea all complementing Asiana.
The airport previously had a record number of international airlines in 2019, when it was served by 36 carriers. Approximately 10% of existing international capacity is being operated by new airlines or on new routes.
Melbourne Airport has become the first Australian capital city airport to exceed pre-pandemic international capacity, some two years after Australia’s international boarders reopened.