Emirates has announced plans to expand its operation towards South Korea, reaffirming its commitment to Seoul.
New Flights Announced By Emirates
From 19 February 2024, the airline says it’ll add three additional weekly flights to Seoul Incheon International Airport as it looks to meet the growing demand in the region.
Slated to be operated by the Boeing 777-300ER, the new flights are expected to serve as EK324/325 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
EK324 will depart Dubai International at 0455, with an arrival at Seoul Incheon International Airport at 1805. The arrival time into Seoul allows for potential connection through partner airlines within Asia or South Korea.
Following a multi-hour layover, the aircraft will leave Seoul as EK325 at 2200. Arrival back into Emirates’ home of Dubai will take place the following day at 0315. All these times are local to their respective city and associated time zones.
A Massive Boost
The additional services will add more than 1,000 extra seats per week and will see up to 10 weekly flights offered by the major international airline.
While a focus will be placed on the passenger benefits, Emirates notes that through the new thrice-weekly flight with the 777-300ER, Emirates can provide 45 tonnes of additional cargo capacity.
As a result of this additional cargo capacity, the economic ties between South Korea and the UAE are expected to be strengthened further. The already extensive Emirates network presents travel opportunities onward.
Emirates’ Commitment To South Korea
First launching service to Seoul in 2005, the airline operates a daily flight with the A380 from Dubai. As a result, the addition of the 777-300ER will represent a new aircraft type working with the world’s largest passenger plane.
Emirates says this should also ensure maximum flexibility and choice for customers to travel to Seoul or Dubai. However, Emirates highlights the ability to connect to other EK services from Dubai thanks to their primary hub.
South Korea remains an essential location for Emirates and has enjoyed a strong recovery following the global pandemic, significantly impacting the airline’s Asian network.
Cirium data indicates that Emirates only faces competition from Korean Air on service between Dubai International and Seoul Incheon International Airport.
Interestingly, both airlines operate daily flights between the two cities. However, Emirates has for January 2024 a staggering 31,930 seats available. Meanwhile, for Korean Air, this is only at 13,516. The staggering difference is highlighted through the Airbus A380’s capabilities, which currently run daily between the two cities.