“British Airways adds Seoul in its Asian destination list”- TravelhouseUK
British Airways is set to launch flights to Seoul’s Incheon Airport from London Heathrow starting from the 2nd of December.
According to Opodo Travel News, the flag carrier of the United Kingdom will operate six weekly flights to Tokyo. Stopovers would also constitute major destinations in Asia, such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing or Shanghai. The Boeing 777 airliner allocated to the air route will constitute of all class categories available under British Airways, consisting of First Class, Club World- business class, World Traveller Plus – premium economy and World Traveller-economy class.
The flight was initially expected to facilitate the passengers from the business sector, as both London and Seoul reserve commercial surge in their respective regions. However, air travel for tourism is also expected with a new link to the Far East. Incoming flights from Seoul on the route are scheduled to accommodate multiple connecting flights to the rest of Europe departing from London Heathrow Airport.
British Airways is still carrying on with the opportunity of additional slots made available at its hub at the Heathrow Airport, following the takeover of bmi by its parent firm, International Airlines Group.
Air routes reap a greater potential for seat occupancy on both ways between Europe and Asia, as business growth has fostered interdependence while exchanging passengers travelling for tourism purposes.
According to Travel News, British Airways is likely to propel new air routes to Asia from Europe while using its latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet from next year. The latest addition among airliners boasts of state-of-the-art technology while boosting fuel efficiency, making it a popular purchase for commercial profitability for long-haul flights.
The management has made its intentions clear for obtaining further destinations in Asia under the airlines’ global air routes. However, all these new destinations would be connected to the airline hub at London’s Heathrow Airport. The competition along with the feasibility would render British Airways unsuitable as well as uneconomical for intra-Asia flight operations.
Database of TravelhouseUK reveals that the majority of flights to Seoul which rank in having the lowest airfare are operated under regional air carriers of Asia. Korean Air, Air China and China Eastern connect London to Seoul, while Middle Eastern airlines like Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways also count having major inter-continental routes between Europe and Asia.
“Seoul serves as a nearby getaway for holidays among neighbouring countries of China, Japan and Thailand” said Victor Hunt, the Operations Manager at TravelhouseUK. “It has brought forward a modern metropolis while having theme parks, cinemas and numerous avenues of entertainment.”
“It’s not long before Seoul establishes itself as a world city in the Far East region alongside Tokyo.”