Korean Air Adds Nonstop Flights To Lisbon

Daniel Fowkes
04 May 2024
· Routes 
A Korean Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving into Hong Kong

Korean Air has announced it’ll launch temporary scheduled flights between Seoul Incheon and Lisbon from September 11, 2024.

Service will continue for over a month, with flights ceasing on October 25, 2024. The Boeing 787-9s will operate the route.

Korean Air adds that the flights are scheduled to operate thrice weekly, departing from Incheon on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. As a result, Korean Air will offer 20 roundtrips to Lisbon during the almost two-month trial period of flights.

Korean Air’s departure and arrival times for all three weekly flights differ. For example, KE921 will depart Incheon at 1310 on Wednesdays but 13:20 on Sundays, with arrival in Lisbon at roughly 2010 and, on some occasions, 2030.

The outbound service from Lisbon will operate as KE922, departing at 2210 only on Wednesdays, with the theme continuing. For example, on Sundays, the service departs at 21:55, with an arrival the day after 1900.

For passengers in Northeast Asia needing service to Lisbon, or vice versa, the announcement of this route is hugely important. Previously, those wishing to travel to the city would have to do so with stopover points in countries such as France and Spain. After arriving in these countries, onward travel via trains or flights would be required.

Korean Air Boeing 787-9 – Photo: Korean Air

Korean Air says this flight will significantly improve connectivity between the two regions. Additionally, travellers will be shown the culture of Portugal.

Brief services such as the one Korean Air will offer nonstop aren’t uncommon and can often be considered trial periods. During this two-month operation, Korean Air will be able to understand demand levels, how the route ties in with its operation and whether a permanent return will be worth it.

Asiana Airlines has, on several occasions, conducted something similar to Melbourne, Australia, with multiple two-month longer trials. These trials have been successful, but the company is waiting for the optimal time to launch a permanent year-round service.

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