Korean Air is reopening flights to international destinations in North America, Europe and Asia in June, as it prepares for Covid-19-related travel restrictions to ease.
South Korea’s biggest airline said on May 7 that it will operate 32 of its 110 international routes in June, equivalent to 146 flights per week or 20% of its usual international capacity. During May, it is operating just 13 routes, or 55 flights per week.
The new destinations being added include Washington DC, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hanoi, Beijing, Shanghai Pudong, Taipei and Ulaanbaatar.
“Korean Air has added more international passenger flights to its June schedule to prepare for increased travel demand after Covid-19 restrictions per country are relaxed,” the airline says in the statement. It adds that reopening the routes will also allow it to secure more cargo capacity.
Korean’s plans add to signs that airlines are banking on June for international travel demand to begin recovering from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Qatar Airways said this week it plans to reinstate half of its network by late June.